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photoblog image Early catkins

Early catkins

 

In Sheffield Botanical Gardens on 8th January. I've no idea which shrub it is, and there was no name tag.  Taken with the Huawei phone cam.  Later, I find that it may be Ilea ilicifolia or holly-leaved sweet spire, originally from China.

 

 

Early catkins

 

In Sheffield Botanical Gardens on 8th January. I've no idea which shrub it is, and there was no name tag.  Taken with the Huawei phone cam.  Later, I find that it may be Ilea ilicifolia or holly-leaved sweet spire, originally from China.

 

 

comments (8)

I like those seed pods...
Tom Wilson: These are the spring flowers, Larry - very early!
Very attractive deco's!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Jan 2018, 05:16
Jolie plante.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Jan 2018, 06:09
It is obviously feeling that which I am not Tom, that spring is on the doorstep
Tom Wilson: Well, it certainly doesn't feel like winter, Chris - this must be the wettest winter on record so far!
Snowdrops are out and the bulbs are coming up too...the end of winter is in sight....maybe
Tom Wilson: And Mr Trump thinks climate change is a con!
They are quite long, certainly longer than traditional Catkins.
Tom Wilson: Yes, very different from the willow.
  • Suzanne Fox
  • UK
  • 28 Jan 2018, 15:09
It is called garrya elliptica.
Tom Wilson: Thanks for that, Suzanne - the two shrubs look very similar, don't they?
The first look at the leaves is certainly reminiscent of holly.
Tom Wilson: Mmm - that's what pointed me to the Ilia.

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