The afternoon was remarkably warm, the car thermometer registering 17 degrees, and I soon regretted putting on a heavy coat.
My target area was a patch of light woodland with shrubs. All had been planted by Matt and his employees. The trees were largely native - birch, hawthorn cherry - and so too were many of the shrubs. I was surprised by one anomaly: a specimen of 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick', Corylus avellana 'Contorta' was present, covered in golden catkins. (Harry Lauder was a comedian in the old Music Hall days who always sported a very knobbly stick.)
|Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. Foxhill Farm, 21 February, 2019|
Even the slenderest twigs are contorted and the catkins help to make it
a most attractive shrub.