Rowans. Autumn.

Spring brings the first leaves

and then the blossom.

In autumn the berries arrive while the leaves are still green.

These were snapped on a September dawn, still soaked in dew.

The leaves then start to redden.

By mid-autumn the leaf colour has deepened to dramatic purplish-reds.

All through the year, though, they're decorative. The bark stands out in every season:

The leaves of this Cut-Leaf Rowan, on Leamington Walk, are feathery and translucent throughout spring and summer:

And rowans' smaller height makes them a delicate counterpart to the grander maples, elms and limes that tower behind.

They provide food for insects, such as this hawthorn shieldbug:

And long into winter, the berries live on to feed the birds.

You'll find a map of where to spot some in the Meadows here.