24 Mar 2012

Catkins & Cobnuts

Hazel Corylus maxima 'purpurea'

The hazels catkins are now open and releasing pollen; they do produce a few hazelnuts each year but the one year when there was a very good crop they were taken by a squirrel. This did have a small plus side as it buried many of them in the garden and over the past few years small hazels have popped up here & there, both purple & green leaved.
Corylus maxima 'Kentish Cob'
Corkscrew Hazel  Corylus avellana 'contorta'
Purple hazel nut
Cold frame Albert Bailey to Charles Bronson
Still cleaning & checking my cold frames that contain last years offsets the one above holds Albert Bailey to Charles Bronson. They are now showing signs of good growth and many have flower buds forming, they will be ready for sale & dispatch from the middle of April.

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