Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pussy Willow

Willows are easy to ignore out here because they're everywhere.  But willows with these blooms are unmistakably pussy willows [Salix discolor].   

I never noticed these pussy willows before this year.  A little group of them is growing in the ditch along our road - in a wet spot, of course.   And this year they were covered with bees.









Bees!  

We're still waiting on our new ones [all three of our hives died in the cold this year], so the bees that covered these bushes belong to the swarm that absconded or to the neighbors.    We have two neighbors within a mile or so who have bees now.   

I want more of these bushes, so I cut a bunch of twigs and put them in a jar of water to root.   Now, I just have to find a good damp spot to stick them once they root....and that shouldn't be too hard around here.


2 comments:

  1. I remember them from when I was young, but I haven't noticed any in a long time. Maybe I can find one to take a couple of starts.

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    1. It's surprising where they pop up! Keep your eyes open.

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