The Flower of the Season….


Catkins (these on a Hazel Tree)

Each Spring new growth follows new growth… we wait expectantly for the first Snowdrops, Crocus, Daffodils and the host of other Spring bulbs that have hidden dormant since last Spring.  Each new arrival lifting the darker veil of Winter.

But this Spring it is the Catkins that appear to be stealing the show.  I certainly cannot remember such prevalent displays gracing our trees… in fact as we have had such a mild Winter, that Catkins have been on display since Decembers….  a display that has just got better.

We refer to Catkins as flowers and they are, but they also carry a multitude of seeds, seeds that get carried away by birds, but mainly by the wind.

I also love the old ‘Country Name‘ of Lambs Tails.  Maybe it is their fluffy appearance  – or maybe, because it is Lambing Time.

Also look closely.  You might spot the new leaf buds swelling ready to burst…. and if its a Hazel Tree a bright Red leaf will sprout on the tip of each bud, much like a miniature flower.

Soon it will be the turn of the Pussy Willow to display  (they are also classified as a specie of Catkin). They will have to go some to create an equally prolific display this Spring.

Spring move along, its pace will quicken…. so as always…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th March

(C) David Oakes 2023