Catkins are groups of tiny petal-less flowers, all set to spread their pollen as they open. There were plenty getting ready in the woods around me this week, though they are something we usually expect to see in early Spring. Wikipedia tell us “they can even occur in December”, but our enduring mild weather has helped them make an early start.
And you’re probably wondering why I rambled about kittens in the title? The word catkin actually originated in the 16th century, derived from an old Dutch word, katteken, meaning kitten, and obviously related to the French chiton and German Kätzchen.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 25 November 2018
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