Words by Jessica Peace
WHAT ARE THEY?
Catkins are cheeky flower ‘spikes’, normally petal-less and dangling from deciduous trees in the Winter. Pollinated by the wind these swinging beauties release their pollen into the air hoping to breeze into a catkin of the opposite sex – more fun than tinder.
COP AN EYEFUL
Corylus avellana – ‘Hazel’; soft yellow drops and red fluffy buds.
Salix caprea – ‘Pussy Willow’; soft grey paws reaching out from deep red stems.
Garrya elliptica – ‘The Silk Tassel Bush’; long, fairy tale like pale green ‘tassels’.
Stachyurus praecox – the QUEEN of catkins, yellow paper like spikes.
Upping the rustic style ante of any vase or bouquet.