Catch the catkins while you can
pruned after flowering in spring (whoops!) and prefer a sheltered position out of strong winds, although are fully hardy. They can be pruned to grow against a wall or used as hedging.
Helpfully it is shade tolerant so could go on a shady wall. Ours though, unloved and un-nurtured is doing pretty well in full sun with the building protecting in from northerly winds.
The other spectacular tree in the garden at the moment is the hazel, again showing off its male catkins against the blue sky. Its tiny red female flowers are much less conspicuous (somebody else had to point out they are there).
So what are catkins? According to the internet, they are an’ inflorescence, or cluster, of single-sexed flowers on a spike’. They tend to be produced on woody shrubs and trees such and can be a very useful source of pollen to bees and other flying insects, although perhaps less so in January when there’s not much wildlife around.
So, this year, I will attempt to be nice to the Garrya and prune it at the correct time in the hope that next winter, its display of catkins is even more beautiful when little else is around to enjoy.