Willow on a cold day

5 degrees Celsius.  I can’t muster the necessary spirit to plant any of the bare-root trees which are drunkenly waiting in the vegetable beds for a proper home.

Instead I wander round the field and find to my delight, the tips of the Osier willows (Salix viminalis) are covered in delicate white catkins.  They extend gracefully upwards; tall spires against the blue, blue sky.


Osier willow (Salix viminalis)

If I had pruned the willow in the early Winter as I had intended, this would not have happened.  So I won’t be doing that, then.

The other willows are also interesting and lively in the otherwise dreary field.

I love willow!  I resolve to buy more varieties.  Luckily there is still a whopping 60m of hedge space still available to play with…


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