Hazel flowers

Nic Cairns sent in some excellent close-ups of Hazel (Corylus avellana) in flower, taken at St.Ann’s Community Orchard.

Firstly, the male flowers (catkins), not yet fully open …..

IMG_9420hazel catkinLR

The distinctively-shaped buds and finely hairy twigs that characterise Hazel can be seen in this photo.

Nic also sent in an image of a spectacular (if tiny) female flower…

IMG_9427hazel maleLR

Thanks, as ever, to Nic for his contribution.

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