We were lucky enough to be able to book a (free) visit to Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens yesterday morning (During these days of COVID-19, you need to book your visit to the gardens - which you can do here).
First we walked through Inverleith Park where a family of mallards greeted us
and a coot seemed to be repairing its nest
Once we got to the Botanics, we enjoyed the beauty of the several flower meadows which are particularly vibrant at the moment
It would be nice if alongside these stunning meadows there was a demostration plot of a natural Scottish meadow, which wouldn't be as brightly coloured but would be just as useful for pollinating insects.
Also just a note about booking to visit the Botanics. Booking online is free and not strictly speaking essential, but certainly recommended as visiting slots fill up quite quickly, espeically at the weekend. If you have a smartphone you can show your booking form on your phone to the Botanics staff at the entrance. However if you don't have a smart phone, you just need to say your name and the time you booked and you can get in just as easily. Don't be put off by the staff member at the entrance saying 'have your smart phones ready people!' We've always found in fact that we get in quicker just giving our names than people generally seem to do when they show their smartphones to the staff.
For Nature Notes.