A Dark Side to Spring

This plant was given to me by a co-worker last fall. I had never seen a Black Pussy Willow before.  In fact, it is still in the pot because I wasn’t sure I could allow it into the garden.  Even when the catkins appeared solid black I was skeptical and didn’t photograph it due to the “strangeness”.  Well… I’ve been pleasantly surprised as the catkins have evolved and branches have turned a rich deep burgundy.  It’s a bit like pussy willow on crack.  I’ll try to capture some better photographs as the week goes on.  If not, I will definitely be photographing this one earlier next year… it WILL find a spot in the garden!

Another 80 degree day today really brought things to life… forsythia, daffodils and even the star magnolia are bursting into bloom.  The star magnolia smells divine!!  Gone are the snowdrops and crocus.  Still lovely are the hellebores which are quickly becoming my favorite spring flower.

Here’s the traditional version today… it doesn’t take many 80 degree days to really push blooms to their max.

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~ by kcjewel on March 21, 2011.

4 Responses to “A Dark Side to Spring”

  1. LOVE the first shot! Never seen that before. Are those buds that will open, or do they stay like that?

  2. I have never heard of it. so did an image search. Yes, I see what you mean about the dark side. It is pretty though, and adds contrast to the garden.

  3. How unusual!! We are far away from anything blooming in the garden. It is snowing today so I am JEALOUS of your garden!

  4. That is really pretty. I have never heard of black pussy willow, either.

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