The traditional Christmas tree is a conifer, which means that its seeds are made, pollinated and sheltered in cones. When the female cone reaches maturity, its woody scales flare open, releasing the seeds.
You can see cones on the Norwegian spruce tree that I photographed in Trafalgar Square for yesterday’s post.
I like the style of decorating that adds back some of the cones. These branches and lights are wrapped round the pillars of the Arts Club on Dover Street, Mayfair.
This tree is standing outside the Cavendish bar on New Cavendish Street in Marylebone.
The Cavendish tree is so close to home that I’m tempted to steal some of their silver and gold cones to decorate my own tree. If I lift just one every time I walk past, do you think I will get away with it?