Catkins. I really hadn’t expected my hazel trees to produce any catkins this year as they are only three years old.
I’m certainly very excited. Does this mean that the trees could produce nuts from them? And if so, when would the nuts appear?
Although there are squirrels nearby, I’ve never seen them venture into my garden, or the neighbouring gardens. Unless the rat I once saw eating windfall apples was in fact a squirrel. But I have no idea if squirrels would eat apples.
NB After writing this post, I found the following article on the Permaculture Magazine website, which partially answers my questions: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/essential-guide-hazel