Ready to bloom
No matter how low the temperature plummets or how short the day compresses, plants are always readying for spring.
I was reminded of this as I was bundled up and shuffling across my snow-covered driveway recently. I spied — through the narrow slot between scarf wrapped high and hat pulled low — these buds forming on a pussy willow bush in the backyard.
Illogically, for water-loving willows, I planted this bush a few years ago in a xeriscape bed. It thrives: offering fuzzy blooms in the spring, a corner-filling mound of green (when heavily pruned) in the summer, and beautiful red twigs in the winter.
Before long it will be clothed in flowers and abuzz bees, as it was last spring.