Tender things in Edinburgh

A few images from a recent visit to the famed Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.

The alpine house; plants that don’t care for winter wet.

Inside the great tropical house.

If ever you are in that fine city – be sure to walk through these tropic houses.


About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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10 Responses to Tender things in Edinburgh

  1. Ruth says:

    Beautiful photos… I like what you say (in comment above) about appreciating the “thingness of things”

  2. these shots are elegant.

  3. Ina says:

    Lovely pictures. No matter what name, they are great.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful images, Harry.I too just like to savour the beauty rather than get involved in the specifics. x

  5. belfastdavid says:

    What a lovely, relaxing series of pictures.

    And I too have reached an age where I no longer “read labels but try to appreciate the thingness of things.” 🙂


  6. earlybird says:

    lovely, lovely. What’s the plant with the trumpet above the orchid below the reddish leaves?

    • From the leaves I assume it is another orchid. Apart from the trumpet-flowered shrub the other blooms seemed to originate from aerial roots in mossy pockets on the trunks of shrubs.
      I’ve reached an age where I no longer constantly read labels but try to appreciate the thingness of things. What did Wordsworth say in his lament about the rise of technical man:

      A primrose by the river’s brim,
      A yellow primrose was to him.
      And it was nothing more.

      From memory, Have I got it right?

      • vivinfrance says:

        Fingers crossed that this will get through. WordPress keeps shutting me out. I think the trumpet-y thing could be a deutsia (bignone in French) I have one very similar against a trellis, and have to swaddle it in that mousse wrap against the frost.

  7. ChrisJ says:

    These are all beautiful but I think I like the red leaves and the one of the green leaves best. They look so healthy!

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