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28/04/2014 at 21:59

This must be the first year, OK we have only been in this house three, that I have seen so many catkins on the silver birch trees in the garden. They look absolutely wonderful!

What happens to them? do they just fall off? or do they flower?

28/04/2014 at 22:02

They are the flowers, then they seed and the deeds blow away in the wind

28/04/2014 at 22:08

All the catkins have just fallen off our two birch trees on the ground.  A huge amount this year.  The ones that fall on the grass I just mow up and then compost them.

28/04/2014 at 22:18

They come in male and female on the same tree. the dropped off ones will be the males. females are smaller

28/04/2014 at 22:29

thanks for that, they do look lovely

28/04/2014 at 22:30

I love birches, a bit dry for them here but they survive

28/04/2014 at 23:20

The Poplars also have catkins.  Yes very attractive too.  Having mentioned the Poplars, some also shed their seeds via loads of cottonwool like stuff. Then there is the sycamore and Ash with their winged like seeds.  So, so many.  Believe it or not.  Practically all will germinate.  Crossing to the bird world.  Several of our tinier birds, the tits for instance.  Several broods each year, loads of babies.  Sadly.  Few survive.  Likewise with the baby trees.  Few survive.

28/04/2014 at 23:29

We all hate the " deeds blow away in the wind" it can cost you a fortune to get them back. LOL!!



28/04/2014 at 23:32

Hey Edd.  You been at my whiskey bottle?

29/04/2014 at 00:21

Totally shattered Mike. just having a mushroom toasty and off to bed. its been a long weekend and i need sleep now.


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