Catkins

There’s not much apparently going on in the vegetation of the English countryside early February. Most of it is pretty dormant, apart from the odd flowering gorse and some early bulbs coming up. But we did come across these beautiful catkins in full glory in Anderton Country Park.

catkins

Catkins are actually flowers, with inconspicuous or no petals. They occur on a number of different tree types. This BBC Earth post suggests that these photographed are probably of the hazel tree, which has catkins late autumn, which then lengthen and turn golden with pollen towards the end of January.

Here they are close up.

catkins close

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One thought on “Catkins

  1. Well, now I know. My brain always translated to “cattails” because I was too dang lazy to look them up. I think the ones on our trees around here are pretty unspectacular. Just a couple of inches long and mostly messy and annoying. 😁

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