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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Catkins in Winter

Corylus (Hazel)
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.
Corylis avellana maxima Purpurea

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.

Kilmarnock willow
 I should say take a look at the ghostly silver Garrya elliptica but not in my garden this year! All mine have barely a catkin as they were mascaraed last year for our holly wreath workshops! It has always been shrouded in a waterfall of catkins.

Garrya elliptica
I have a silk tassel bush which adorns the front of my house and I find the crinkly silver foliage adorned with catkins perfect for its position. Its slightly sheltered on a south west wall and well drained as the roots are close to the house. I have mulched it  when we have had dry winters.

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