It’s warm and dry today with no rain forecast, but in the garden there is a constant pitter-patter amongst the trees. It’s the sound of birch seeds falling – helped along by goldfinches and siskins who are tugging at the catkins to pull out the seeds.
The female catkins that the seeds are falling from started to grow in early spring.
The male catkins (for next year) are just beginning to grow now and they will stand through the whole winter growing very very slowly until the spring. Then they suddenly put on a huge spurt of growth ready to shed their pollen as the female catkins emerge.
Birches are one of my favourite trees: they look beautiful all year round; they sound lovely when a breeze blows through them; they seem to always be busy growing; and at the end of the day, they make lovely firewood too.