These beautiful hazelnuts came from a large native tree that weeps over our driveway. For about two weeks the red squirrels and stellar jays were in the canopy acting very busy collecting nuts. Why, I'm not sure because all the ones I found are empty. Did they toss the rejects down for us? Everyone of these beautiful nuts (shells) are hollow. I'm so disappointed!
The catkins are already starting to emerge. The leaves will drop soon and by January the catkins will be full be in full bloom - before the new spring leaves come out.