Month: February 2021

Spawning Time

Busy Frogs

Busy Frogs Log pile (1) The Common Frog (Rana temporaria) or Frog in Irish is widespread.  Both male and female frogs have recently woken from hibernation in stone walls, under logs, compost heaps, ditches and ponds and are now returning to the ponds or ditches in which they were born (1). Frogs and spawn (2)…

Alder

More Catkins

More Catkins by Paddy Madden Male catkins and developing female flowers (1). Credit E Ó Murchú Alder (Alnus glutinosa) or Fearnóg in Irish is displaying its developing reddish, male catkins now as well as its developing female flowers which are green and oval shaped (1)  The male catkins will turn yellowish when they are ready…

Hazel Catkins

Lambs’ Tails

Lambs’ Tails Male and female hazel catkins Credit E Ó Murchú (1) Hazel (Corylus avellana) or Coll in Irish is displaying its catkins to the wind so that when they open pollen from the dangling, yellow male catkins will fall on the short, stubby female flowers and so start the lengthy process of producing hazel…

New Potatoes

Gardening in the Cold

Audio version – Snowdrops New potatoes (1) Now is a good time to start chitting first early new potatoes so that they can be harvested in June (1). Chitting potatoes gives them a head start so that they can be planted around St. Patrick’s Day and harvested about 80 days later.  Make sure your seed…