The hazelnut trees in The Old Orchard adjacent to the house have produced catkins this week.
These ancient trees, one male and one female, have been growing here since around 1880, and are a relic of the original plantings made here at The Drip by the Blackman family as was the honeysuckle hedge that was mentioned on this blog last week. We have no idea what variety they are, but they bear reasinable crops in most years.
This week we will be planting a whole new hedge of hazelnuts in The Nuttery. These are named varieties supplied by Clem and Vanessa Cox of Mudgee Gourmet. For more on The Nuttery click here