February 7th 2014

Female Hazel flower

Female Hazel flower

Now the  tiny red/pink female Hazel flowers are in evidence, along with the male catkins. Like many plants hazels can only be pollinated by pollen from a different bush. They are wind-pollinated so don’t need to be showy, bright or scented to attract pollinators. The straight, flexible sticks from Hazel have been used by humans for at least six thousand years, as wattle for buildings, fencing, baskets etc. Conditions: A mild sunny morning, generating much bird-song, giving way to rain. Temperature: Day and night both around 6c

Some other common plants that are pollinated by the wind.

Some other common plants that  use  the wind- these to disperse their seeds.

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