Two Willows In Flower

Pussy Willow (Salix caprea) is associated in my mind with the Easter holiday.  It is also called goat willow; a less flattering description but probably more apt.  I have found it has the unhappy knack of sowing itself in the seed pans of plants that have a protracted germination process; making a dreadful inconvenience of itself.

This example was photographed beside the Anton river in my home town of Andover, Hampshire.

Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow

Weeping willow (probably of hybrid origin) is a far more ornamental plant, long grown in gardens and readily available in garden centres.  I must admit I have never grown it – it lends itself to being a centre piece in a lawn but in our unashamedly utilitarian garden this is the rotary clothes drier!

This tree was also photographed beside the Anton.

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow


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