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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Catkins in Winter

Catkins are fabulously important  additions to our gardens providing crucial nectar supplies for the bumble bees.

The long lambs tails on the Hazel bushes are a winter delight and an absolute picture when coated with icy frost. Corylus avellana will have the standard green leaves and maxima ‘Purpurea’ has dark purple leaves as the name suggests.

I have celebrated the lovely birch bark but note that they also have little catkins!
The Kilmarnock willow or the weeping pussy willow has soft little furry catkins. It’s a perfect little tree and can look lovely in a pot.
I should say take a look at the ghostly silver Garrya  elliptica  but not this year! Mine has but one catkin and has alway been shrouded in a waterfall of catkins. I feel mine has struggled with years of drought and then snow and has decided to take a break. I am sure they will be back.

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