Monday, August 02, 2010

Corkscrew Hazel Has Nuts!

I have had this corkscrew hazel corylus contorta for a number of years.Here it is in February, 2007 with the catkins dangling off it. The catkins remind me of a geisha's hair ornament. It is beautiful. Through the long winter it provides us with something lovely to look at in the front garden.It wants to send up shoots below the graft which are not twisted. Those straight shoots get nipped out as soon as they are spotted.

Though some of the ends of the shrub were killed by our hard winter, the plant seems to be quite hardy. It surprised me yesterday by revealing that it isn't just a living ornament in the garden, it has fruited! Looking closely at it I was delighted to see that there are about 8 hazelnuts on this tree. I wasn't expecting this! I had assumed that an ornamental shrub was sterile and would not fruit. I am so pleased that I was mistaken!

15 comments:

Jay said...

So now you can have some hazelnut cookies and hazelnut coffee using your own hazelnuts. Very cool. ;-)

Xtreme English said...

Just remember that hazelnuts and filberts are the same nut. Your father is seriously allergic to filberts, so please don't feed him anything made with the "fruits" of your wonderful tree.

xo, Ma

Xtreme English said...

oops....sorry about the duplicate comment...i deleted one of them. xo

Peggy said...

S'okay Ma!

I know about Dad's allergy. We have to be so careful when he's here - I scour the place to ensure there is nothing hazelnutty around even by accident.

Xtreme English said...

Somebody else in the family also is allergic to filberts....maybe Sally? Can't remember now. That's one spectacular tree you have, though. Never seen one before. Your growing climate is more like our South, I think. Non??

Peggy said...

Well I have an allergy to Brazil nuts. It's pretty severe but I can eat hazelnuts and most other nuts with impunity.

Shammickite said...

There's a corkscrew hazel in my son's garden, but it's being quickly overtaken by a maple growing too close to it, I am trying to persuade him to take the maple down to give the hazel a chance. The maple started out as a tiny seedling and nobody ever worried about it until now.
Congratulations on the job and the nuts!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back posting, Peggy! We're only allergic to ragweed and cats in this branch of the family.
Cousin Susan

tom said...

nice pictures as usual!

Mad Cabbie said...

It reminds me of my old hair style Peggy!

Shammickite said...

Did you know that you're a very bad blogger.... it's October already!

Paradise Driver said...

Is everything Okay?

Its been 2 months since your last posting.

XXOO
Wil

Anonymous said...

Hi There. I love your blog. I found it a few years ago and bookmarked it. I don't even remember why or how I found it. But whenever I pop back in to take a look I'm pleasantly pleased. Good luck on the job. Don't stop blogging though!
Ann from Canada

Anonymous said...

Hello

Now am beginning to worry, so long since your last blog.

Even one line without a photo would put mind to rest.

Mrs K

Peggy said...

I'm terribly sorry for neglecting the blog. I was sucked into a bad job vortex. I am out now. :-)