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Mothers Day Mix

Hazel (1), Cowslips (3)

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Celebrate Mothers' Day

Give something special to your Mother this year with this Mother's Day Mix. She will be reminded of you all year as the stems of Hazel sit proudly in her garden. In the winter, they will look enchanting covered in frost, and then as spring approaches, the cowslips at the bottom of the tree will give a bright burst of colour.

Please note that we do occasionally sell out of some species throughout the season and we reserve the right to replace one species in the mix with an equivelent species. Please contact us if you want to confirm availability.

All our trees and shrubs are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment. For most species this can range from 20-60cm above the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

Hazel Folklore

Hazel trees used to be spread throughout the UK, but ancient forests are now confined to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, where they grow as an understory tree to oak and birch. It is no surprise then that the Celts thought that hazel conferred wisdom on the world, and so the celtic word for the hazel nut, cno, is derived from their word for wisdom, cnocach. However, our English name for the hazel tree comes from the Anglo-Saxon haesel knut, meaning cap-nut because they thought that the leaves resemble a cap over the nut. The druids revered the salmon as a sacred fish and it was thought that the spots on a salmon represented how many hazel nuts it had eaten when the salmon was created in the pool of life. Hazel sticks were therefore used for druidic ritual staffs, though shepherds also trained branches into crooks for their use. In more recent times, hazel nuts were considered to ripen on St Philbert's Day, 20th August. Schoolchildren used to get Holy Cross Day (14 September) as a holiday to go and collect nuts - alas no more!

Wildflowers Folklore

Wildflowers have been extensively used by cottage gardeners in Britain for centuries not only as an easy-to-grow decorative element, but as a way of encouraging bees and butterflies that are an essential part of the growth and pollination of their crops. Cottagers realised that by establishing wild flowers in their garden, they were making an economic, as well as an environmental investment. Native wild flowers are best for our bees as they are what the bees have evolved alongside and the single flowers provide the bees with nectar and pollen in a way that double flowers do not - many modern flowers are actually not bee friendly at all, despite having very large blooms!

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