Scottish life and landscape in photos, from Edinburgh to Shetland and points between
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Municipal planting Edinburgh
It struck me recently on my walk to work that the municipal planting goes through several phases on the 2 mile route from suburbs to the centre. Near the start, I pass what used to be a nondescript triangle of ground covered by creeping ivy. Recently this was cleared, and an amazingly pollinator-friendly collection of plants appeared. I don't know if it is a council site, or if local residents have taken it in hand, but the planting includes very un-municipal Rudbeckia, Tiarella, Cranesbill Geranium, Astrantia, Helleborus, Verbena Bonariensis, Japanese Anemone...
A little further towards town, this traffic island is planted with soft grasses, and Sedum, plus something I can't identify from a distance.
Very nearby, however, the invasion of the bedding Geranium begins.
And by Princes Street Gardens, the bedding could be straight from the 1960s.
Up on the Mound, which is the showpiece of Edinburgh's municipal bedding, there is a rather strange collection of plants this year, but it is an improvement on classic 1960s.