1. Приметы весны: пылят орешник и ольха

    • Flowering alder in different years

      According to the literature the most alder flowering occurs at the end of March-beginning of April.

      The earliest appearance of alder pollen is noted in the second decade of March.

      But recent years have become much warmer. So in 2015 alder blossom March 12th .

      In the spring of 2016 March 6 alder catkins already loosened and flushed.

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    • Alder and hazel in folk superstitions and beliefs

      I met not so much take on alder and hazel, and only one of them - the weather, the rest - the magical properties.

      Koli birch opushaetsya advance, expect a dry summer, and if alder - wet

      Alder was a magical talisman (perhaps due to rusty-red color of the wood on the cut and removed under the bark, which is associated with blood, however, it is still more red than red - maybe there is a similarity with the gore).

      In order to keep from spoiling Suite, put them into the pockets of alder bark pieces. Swimming in the river, washing the roots of alder, prevents disease, and its branches, stuck on the edges of the field, protect against hail.

      Very common belief was that "wearers with him dvoychatku walnut-rich will be."

      It was also thought that an empty walnut - to hunger and full - to prosperity.

      These and other signs similar to "quantitative" beliefs, such as "happy" Five-lilac flowers (and bringing misfortune trilobal). In this case, the deviation from the norm in a big way, too, is considered a lucky.

      Perhaps there are other signs and beliefs associated with alder and hazel - if you know about these, please write in the comments.

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    • Zavyazhutsya whether nuts?

      Several times watched during the winter (January or February) thaws deceived hazel catkins began to dissolve. One day in January, even some bushes dust began (in 2007, a record warm early January). And this year, I looked at the hazel carefully in the beginning of March (still covered with snow, but the entire month of February was quite warm), and saw that the flower buds of the female flowers have already shown the stigma of the pistil (see photo). Earrings at the time were still pretty tight, though it has begun to bloom.

      That's interesting, when almost hazel bloomed, protection from cold stamens and pistils become much weaker (earrings are not as dense, and female flower buds ajar), returning cold - how damaged these are the most important parts of a flower? Zavyazhutsya whether nuts when half parted flowers worked pretty hard frost?

      Or these plants are somehow able to "preserve" have begun to blossom flowers on the cold weather, and the next time they continue to blossom warming, as if nothing had happened?

      Interestingly, not all trees are deceived winter thaw. For example, aspen this year in the hot days of March 23-25, quickly released to half their furry catkins - and so stopped when it got cold. A birch catkins retained the same thick as autumn - its heat is not deceived.

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