Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I took this photo at the end of September, but never got around to posting it. After stumbling across it today, I remembered Rebecca's question about an earlier picture and decided I'd put off posting this long enough.
I finally was able to harvest some hazelnuts and see what they look like when they are mature. Last year, a deer munched on the immature, developing husk and nut...long before it would've ripened. So, this year, I harvested several early, and then came across these mature ones. I tasted some and left the rest for wildlife. Next year, there should be a lot more!
I believe these are the male catkins...I don't have photos of the female flower buds, but I'd like to assume with so many male catkins ready to overwinter, there must be a lot of the female flower buds that will bloom come spring. Time will tell.