Careful with those buds!

My obsession with the hazel trees continues….

I’ve been working from home today and, when the virus check slowed the computer down to the extent I could’ve scroll down any of the documents I was using, I decided it was time to top up the Green Johanna a bit more.

The hazel tree next to the bin is a tad to close for me to work without knocking it. The upshot if this was that one of the buds on the tree got damaged. Unfortunately, the camera on my phone doesn’t do close-ups too well but perhaps you see next year, when a branch fails to develop in one spot.

In the long run, I will probably reposition the bin. Right now, though, it isn’t possible because of all the mint and the long-suffering blueberry bush. The mint is slowly being cut down and removed. The blueberry bush, on the other hand, will probably move to a different location, not least because I would like to see its autumnal colour.

The hugelbed I made for it has sunk considerably but the pine branches are still sticking out of the ground. I dare say under the soil more decomposition will have taken place, especially with all the rain this autumn. So, perhaps next year will be the year?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Careful with those buds!

  1. Carol Anne says:

    I hope so helen! Next year has to be the year! πŸ˜›

  2. This took me back a bit: “Nuts, whole hazelnuts, Cadbury’s take ’em and cover them with chocolate”. I can still hear it

  3. It will probably be a leaf or catkin bud, so you won’t have lost a branch. Hazel are amazingly resistant to damage, which is why they are so good for coppicing. Mind you, having said that, our Kentish Cob died this year and I have no idea why.

    • Helen says:

      Shame about your cob. Good point about the bud being a leaf or catkin rather than a branch. It’s only a year old but it would be exciting to see catkins.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    That little hazel tree does look fragile Helen. I’m sure it will grow fast and become sturdy and produce lots of catkins and lovely hazelnuts πŸ™‚ (by the way I cannot ‘like’ any of your stuff, wordpress does not give me the option).

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