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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Catkins in Winter

Catkins
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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