|Suirrel-devoured cob nuts!|
An article in this week's Metro answered my question about whether my tree is a hazelnut or cob. It's a cob. But my disquiet at the thought of cutting it down and loosing the lovely harvests of nuts was rather settled last night when I went down the garden to find shredded cob nut calyxes and nutshells all around. A squirrel - or more! - has beaten me to it. (I know it's squirrel damage rather than mice as they simply tear the whole thing apart and bite into the shell any old how. Mice do it nice and neatly making a little round hole - goodness only knows how. I don't have an issue with the mice - they are not so greedy!