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.
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.
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.
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.