21st February 2015

Hazel catkins, the male flowers of Hazel nuts, are past their best in the south, but fresh catkins, or ‘lambs tails’ as we called them as children, can still be found in Sheffield. Walking the Five Weirs Walk on Wednesday these shone brightly, overhanging the Don. As a reminder, here’s a photo, too, of some of the male flowers (catkins) and females- small, reddish and stemless, which can be found on the same bush. Conditions: Mostly sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 6- Min 1c.

Hazel catkins are more slender and yellow than Alder catkins, and come out earlier in the year

Hazel catkins are more slender and yellow than Alder catkins, and come out earlier in the year

This photo shows how male catkins, full of pollen, and female flowers, the small, reddish stars, grow on the same Hazel bush

This photo shows how male catkins, full of pollen, and female flowers, the small, reddish stars, grow on the same Hazel bush

Hazel catkins overhanging the River Don

Hazel catkins overhanging the River Don

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