Tree Series #20

A magnificent small garden tree for year round interest its most prominent feature is its tactile, silky, polished bark. The smooth, mahogany bark peels in translucent cinnamon and honey coloured sheets to reveal a fresh new hue of bronze-red gloss beneath. Caught in autumn sunlight this tree almost glows. This multi-stemmed one is a highly  prized specimen.

Common Name: Tibetan cherry tree, birch bark cherry, birchbark cherry, paperbark cherry

Tree Series #17

A new addition to the Tree Series to welcome in the New Year – wishing everyone a happy, healthy and stress free year ahead.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan by night

For the next couple of months Macro Monday will be replaced by my Tree Series – trees that mainly showcase their structure in the months without foliage.

Tree Series #14


Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, or pehuén) is an evergreen tree growing to 40 m (130 ft) tall. Monkey puzzles have green, glossy leaves that overlap and completely cover each branch. Some people say they look a bit reptilian. This one is in Stockton-Bury Garden, Herefordshire.