Montana Outdoors

February 21, 2016

This willow thinks it’s spring

Filed under: Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 11:35 am




  1. If we all think Spring hard enough, maybe it will come soon.


    Comment by derrycats — February 21, 2016 @ 11:55 am

    • It sure looks like it here today despite an overnight low of 21°.


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

  2. Nice! I’m thinking Spring also!


    Comment by Reed Andariese — February 21, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

    • For some reason I want to think that spring is coming earlier this year, but my photo library tells me it’s exactly the same as usual.


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

  3. … silly willow !! (UK – nice shot; snow brewing here!)


    Comment by nexi — February 21, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

  4. That’s funny-I saw a willow doing the same thing here yesterday. It was a beautiful 50 degree sunny day.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — February 21, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

  5. I walked into the grocery store today and there in the floral department there were stems of pussy willow and forsythia. I very nearly bit — but didn’t. Tomorrow’s another day. I may get myself some pussy willows after all. I’m not sure how long the forsythia would last, but the willows ought to hold on for a while. They were the first things we would cut and bring into the house — sometimes with snow still on the ground.


    Comment by shoreacres — February 21, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

    • Yes, pussy willows last a long time. It seems strange to me that they can be purchased in a floral department. I had never thought about that. I have always brought some home when I saw them appear just up the road in a location that gets all of the available sun, and later I cut some from the willows that grow toward the front of my property. Just as a rainbow usually shows that a storm is nearly over, they are a sign the winter is on the way out and the earth is beginning its annual renewal.


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2016 @ 10:46 pm

  6. Maybe the others around it will think Spring too! Oh, but it is a sign it is soon!!


    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — February 21, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

    • The other catkins are nearly ready to show too, especially the aspens and the black cottonwoods.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

  7. I love the gorgeous detail, such and interesting image.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — February 22, 2016 @ 1:04 am

    • There was still a little of the night’s frost still on the catkins but they didn’t seem to mind.


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2016 @ 10:28 am

  8. I hope it doesn’t get a bad surprise.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 22, 2016 @ 2:23 am

    • Looking back through my photo library I found that the timing for these is within a few days of when they usually appear. March will have many ups and downs in weather (which is why I love that month so much) but the plants are used to that.

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      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2016 @ 10:31 am

  9. Spring is on everyone’s thoughts. We had some glorious spring-like temps this past weekend – unseasonably warm hovering near 70 but alas, the weatherman says winter is not through yet.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 22, 2016 @ 4:37 pm

    • We won’t hit the 70’s for another month, but for this time of year it’s very warm now, at least in the day time. We will likely have one or two good snowfalls between now and June. I love those spring dramatic weather swings, especially knowing that they will be of short duration.


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Sometimes it does get confusing for the plants when there is an unseasonable warm-up or cool-down. Have a super nice Tuesday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 22, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

    • The plants here have evolved so that they can survive rather dramatic temperature swings. I admire that ability!


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

  11. Maybe your willow will will spring to spring upon you soon. As you’ve been seeing, Austin has already sprung into full spring mode.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — February 22, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    • Our daytime temps this week will be in the early 50’s, but the nights are in the low 20’s. I love this time of year!


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

  12. I guess March is spring, for sure. It certainly looks like spring here, it’s been so warm, but like up there, I bet it’s right on schedule.


    Comment by Candace — February 23, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    • For the past week it has looked like spring down here in the valley. It is completely different though in the high country.

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      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

  13. Sometimes, it happens even here, but not yet.


    Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2016 @ 12:58 am

    • This was among the first that I saw, but now there are many more.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2016 @ 10:01 am

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