Insects of the Wildflower Patches


If you like small beasties, head for the wildflower plots.

Foxglove Trees


Several of the new plantings are Foxglove Trees (Paulownia tomentosa), nicknamed for their flowers. They're not "native", but then neither are the magnificent double pink cherries that transform the Meadows every spring.

Cherries & other Fruit Trees


The Meadows is most famous for the avenues of cherry blossom. There must be hundreds of thousands of pics online.

Wild Flowers in Spring




Alongside the plantings, there are of course some wildflower weeds. The Council couldn't kill them all if it tried, and its Living Landscape policy is now to let some areas grow free: they're good for wildlife.


Pines


Four new pine trees have arrived in the park: two Austrian and two Scots.

Birds in Spring


'See if our chicks aren't home by sundown, this time I'm just going to leave the key under the nest.'

Rowans


Rowans. Autumn.

Cultivated Flowers in Spring



Planted or wild, there are displays of flowers from February till winter.

Bees in Spring


In March, if you stand patiently, you may see the first urban bees of the year ambling around the Meadows crocuses. Many of these early wakers will be the large queen bumblebees.

Memorials


The park's full of memorials. Most are for people who loved this place: they'd be delighted to see students revising in the sun under their commemorative trees, and this gorgeous blue-eyed dog bounding over their remembrance benches.

Alders


There are a few alders in the park; mostly saplings, and three old giants scattered along Melville Drive.

Cedars


One of the many reasons not to dismiss conifers is the small but exquisite Cedar family.

Beeches



Glossy in summer; late to fall in winter.

Sweet Chestnuts


The spines of sweet chestnut husks are much longer and more prolific than those of the horse chestnut.

Horse Chestnuts


There are conkers to be found in the park, but you have to get up early to beat the squirrels.

Oaks


These leaves are a familiar sight, but many of the park's oaks look very different.

Limes


The motorist's enemy.

Ashes


Some of the grandest giants in the park.

Birds in Winter


One sunny day in late January I set out to take bark pictures but, distracted by all the birdsong, ended up trying to get bird photos for an hour or two instead.

Willows


Some of the park's willows are ancient.

Birches



The fluttering leaves of birch are rarely still, except during misty dawns.

Tulip Trees


Several of these have appeared across the Meadows & Links in the last few years.