Flowers on Friday

The name ‘catkins’ has evolved from the old Dutch word ‘Katteken’ meaning kitten in reference to the resemblance to a feline’s tail. Seen in spring on Birch, Hazel, Sweet Chestnut and Willow trees. 



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  1. restlessjo says:

    They’re lovely, aren’t they? And quite hard to photograph. Happy Friday, Jude! 🙂 🙂 Still being blown about?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Flipping hard to photograph anything this week!! Yes, still being blow about and still being woken up through the night. I have never known anything like this week!

      1. restlessjo says:

        I have friends sailing back across the Bay of Biscay Saturday evening. They’re hoping for calm. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Gulp! Not supposed to calm down until Monday.

        2. restlessjo says:

          😦 😦

  2. Su Leslie says:

    These are beautifully cheerful. Thanks Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A pleasure Su 🙂

  3. Those a very lovely. I drive past so many but cannot get a photo so thank you very much for these beauties – and for the info re the name. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It would be difficult to get a photo this week! I am beginning to think the wind will never stop!

  4. Dina says:

    In Norwegian they are also called kattunger, a true joy to see.
    Enjoy your weekend, Jude. Our Friday started very grey and wet, we are on our way to Horsey in a minute.

  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Kittens’ tails! I had vaguely wondered about the name and I’m very amused by the explanation, hehe! (Will make me smile next time I see some. 🙂 )

    1. Heyjude says:

      As a child I always knew them as lamb’s tails.

  6. I love catkins, nice shots.

  7. Jo Shafer says:

    Shouldn’t be too long before my birches start blooming their catkins and shedding their yellow pollen on my hair!

  8. Very pretty! I didn’t know the origin of the name before.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Me neither, I used to call them lamb’s tails when I was a child.

  9. I’ve read about catkins, but never seen them before, so thank you for sharing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You don’t have any trees with catkins? Maybe in Tasmania or Victoria where the temperature is more temperate.

      1. I’ve never seen any but you could be right about Tasmania.

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