Spring is here in my area, but it’s just beginning. Garden snowdrops and witch hazel are blooming, and willow catkins are out, but most spring wildflowers are weeks away.
I found the common willow catkins in the wild, but the rosegold willow catkins (Salix gracilistyla) are from Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Rosegold willow is an asian species. The red-then-gold anthers were worth a drive into the city to see.
Your mention of Boston makes me wonder whether you’ve been to the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods in Framingham. I took pictures there last June.
Happy beginning of spring to you, finally.
I’ve been to Garden in the Woods many, many times, I’ve been a NEWFS member for years. The garden doesn’t open until mid-April, I’m looking forward to seeing hepatica and maybe some bloodroot by then.
I love the color on these. So pretty.
They are a beautiful sight, but easy to overlook.
I like the macros of the rose gold willow – beautiful.
The common catkins bring back memories of childhood. I can feel that silky softness. The rosegold catkins are beautiful, and intriguing. I know I’ve found a flower here whose anthers change color, but I can’t remember which one. Now, I’m going to pay more attention.
I’ve never seen these close up before — to have such an interesting and beautiful sight, under our noses, unseen, so thanks! I have to dig out my pocket magnifying glass and keep it in my jacket pocket.
You’ll need a magnifying glass – I used 4x magnification for the rosegold willow images. I’ve only found them at the Arboretum, though – hope you can find them in your area.
Pussy willows! A childhood delight, still enjoyed today. A friend of mine is a teacher, and she told me her students aren’t familiar with these! Can you believe it? How sad. I love these gorgeous photos.
Thanks, Melissa! 🙂 I like the common catkins almost as much as the fancy rosegold ones. You friend should take her students out for a walk and show them willow catkins.
She does when she gets a chance to. Her point is, that was once just a part of childhood and now, it seems, it isn’t.
Sigh – nature was such an important part of my early years.
Exactly. I know it is a cliche, but what is the world coming to with the younger generation so completely disconnected from nature?
This is awesome 🙂
Amazing blossoms ! 🙂
It must mean spring is around the corner … maybe. 🙂