Enkianthus campanulatus is the shrub by the bridge at the entrance to Benmore Botanic Gardens, just half an hour from home.
The avenue of sequoiadendron giganteum - Wellingtonias - takes your breath away. Those tiny figures are only about two thirds of the way along which gives you an idea of the scale.
I love the ghostly colour of this long needled Bhutan pine, pinus wallichiana, and the beautiful texture of the rough bark.
On this sunny Sunday the glades of green, the varied patterns of the bark and the golden leaves of sorbus alnifolia made an idyllic view.
And the reflections in the pond! Nearest is acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' and beyond cercidiphyllum japonicum, also known as the Katsura tree.
This looks very similar to Sorbus hupehensis (but I don't know yet how to tell the difference..)
I think this copper beech, fagus sylvatica atropurpureum, was probably my favourite this visit - such richness and variety in the colours.
Benmore is the western outpost of Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and as you can see, well worth a visit. (In springtime it has a spectacular show of rhododendrons.) Find out more here