A sure sign of Spring . . .
#008 : Corylus avellana
which means Tree from Avella (in Italy) he was referring to Leonhart Fuchs, in his book 'De historia stirpium commentarii insignes' written in 1542, described the species as "Avellana nux sylvestris" (‘Wild nuts of Avella’).Corylus avellana
Of course it's the Hazel catkins we look for as a sure sign that Spring is on its way.
Lot of catkins, shaking like lambs' tails in the hedges means lots of nuts in autumn . . . well maybe but not necessarily . . .
The long dangly catkins are the male flowers, they shake and puffs of yellow pollen can be seen . . . hopefully some pollen will land on the female flowers
– those tiny red stars on the end of fat little buds.
Looking like a sea-urchin and such an unexpected vivid colour to find on the olive green, furry twigs.
But, remember . . . don't count your nuts before they're ripe, especially if you have squirrels visiting the garden.