Sunday, 14 March 2010

Corylus Avellana Contorta

Also Known as "Corkscrew Hazel"...
For Jim, and to introduce my corylus to its bigger cousin in Kentucky.
My corkscrew hazel lives in an old kiln saggar.
I used to sell saggars as garden pots, back in the day, I bought them wholesale from Acme Marls, in Stoke-on-Trent.
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  1. hey soubriquet... a thing of beauty is a joy forever. mine will be 20 in a week or so and it was a mere 18" tall when i got it. it almost blocks our front steps because i can't bear to trim it back too much. acquaintances grouse but they just don't understand. yours in that saggar pot is probably on it's way to being a bonsai corkscrew.

  2. It lives in a saggar mostly because when I got it I couldn't decide what to do with it. I come and go by the back door, very rarely the front. I could, I suppose, let it free there, but.. I have a few things in pots at the back, they make me smile.
    When I first came here, there was an apple and a willow there, but I really needed the off-street parking, so I levelled it and knocked the wall down.
    I've planted a eucalyptus though. I confidently expect that this year it will start to launch toward space, in twenty years it will be over eighty feet high. But who knows? in twenty years, where will I be?
    I'd like to be a johnny appleseed and do guerilla plantings in random places.
    I want a eucryphia.

  3. i admire this little corkscrew. i can hear it huffing and puffing as it strains to hang its catkins: "I'll hang my catkins wherevers I pleases, dammit." and it does. pleases.



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