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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spring?


Close your eyes and do not peek,

And I'll rub spring across your cheek.
 Smooth as satin, soft and sleek.

Close your eyes and do not peek.
 
                                                                      -Eileen Fisher


 
Doesn't everyone keep a bowl of these around to soothe the winter blues?  No?  Just me? 



16 comments:

  1. Nice aren't they? Also look out for the black one, Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

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    1. They are sweet and fortunately grow all over our area having sort of naturalized in some places. I don't have any in my garden because there's just not space for everything. The black ones were quite a hit at our local Flower and Garden show a few years ago and it seemed like every second person leaving the place had a shrub in his hands.

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  2. What a sweet post! I love pussy willows. I have three of the black ones still unplanted, that I started from cuttings last year. I sure hope they've survived this freeze. I don't know if they're still popular, but I thought I'd bring one to the Portland Bloggers swap.

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    1. Anything with black flowers/catkins will always be popular! I do this with my kids at school each year about this time. They have so much fun trying to guess what brushed across their cheek.

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  3. How lovely pictures! It's obviously spring over there!

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    1. Still winter really but our pussy willows are just starting.

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  4. Lovely, I haven't seen these since I was a kid.

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    1. There one of those plants that kids love because of the soft catkins.

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  5. When I was young, I thought they were just magical!!!! So for me, they cary a strong sense of nostalgia and joy.

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    1. I agree Louis, these are sweet childhood plants!

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  6. Every spring I realize I NEED one of those pussywillows and then I forget. Your photos are wonderful(!) and might make all the difference this time...

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    1. The bushes take up some space so I now enjoy seeing them when out on walks and usually buy a few branches to enjoy inside. If you leave one in water, it'll eventually root and you'll have yourself a shrub.

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  7. I would be so happy to have some pussy willows. As with so many things, though, I really don't have the right location, though. They are excellent butterfly plants, host to many caterpillars.

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    1. I didn't realize that they were good butterfly plants. One more reason to love them!

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  8. A friend brought me a bundle of pussy willows intended for a vase. After a few weeks of enjoying them that way, I stuck them in the ground. All have survived. Yay for my new pussywillow grove!

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    1. Hooray! A whole grove of them. They grow quickly so you'll be enjoying catkins from your grove in no time!

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