These are the flowers of the Hazel tree, commonly referred to as "Catkins".
|These ones are fully open, dispersing yellow pollen all over the place|
|These ones are only just opening|
These are the flowers of the Willow tree. We call them "Pussy Willows".
|Is it just me, or does that remind you of a toothbrush?|
These are the flowers of the Blackthorn tree, which will eventually produce the fruits called Sloes.
Nearby there was a big patch of what I think were Privet trees, with masses of glossy black berries - inedible, perhaps poisonous, I'm sure - but looking for all the world like miniature bunches of grapes.
And what about this luridly-coloured lichen? It certainly brightens up the surroundings!
All these photos were taken at the side of a busy public road, not a garden. It's amazing how many nice things there are out there, sometimes in the most unlikely places.