29 December 2008

The first hazel catkin

Today was gloriously sunny after a hard  night's frost.  Just on the left hand side of the Woodyard Gate to Brede High Woods is a large coppiced hazel.  When I started my walk I am sure all the catkins were tight closed, yellowish grey lamb's tails.

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By the time I cam back just one had expanded in the warm sunshine above the rime.  Maybe I did not notice it on the way out but I like to think it crept open to its full yellow, pollen-filled length during my two hour ramble.

Hazel catkins often start as early as the first week in January, but I have rarely seen them in this area in late December.

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