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Couldn’t resist taking a picture of these Catkins this morning – just so wonderful to see Spring arriving at long last!

How Pussy Willow got the name: -

According to an old Polish legend, many springtimes ago a mother cat was crying at the bank of the river in which her kittens were drowning.

The willows at the river’s edge longed to help her, so they swept their long graceful branches into the waters to rescue the tiny kittens who had fallen into the river while chasing butterflies. The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and were safely brought to shore.

Each springtime since, goes the legend, the willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the tiny kittens once clung.

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april, catkins, pussy, spring, willow

Comments

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Angela, I love pussy willows…that’s why I named my youngest cat Willow..beautiful..I feel
    like Spring will be here soon when I see this…Sally xxoo

  • Thank you so much my friend – I love that you have a cat called Willow. It really is Spring time when the catkins get their fluffy coats! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • HEATHSE
    HEATHSEover 6 years ago

    Love the pic. Angela, and the information. Did anyone else get a baby catkin stuck up their nose as a child?

  • Thank you so much Sandra – glad you like the legend too. I can’t say that I ever did have a catkin up my nose – you sound like the perfect child! lol xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    Wondrous macro, gorgeous imagery and colour, I love it when it has its fluff on!!!

  • Many thanks dear Hilary – I also love to see them like this – soon they will be covered with bees and I will be back with my camera! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • fdgl65
    fdgl65over 6 years ago

    Lovely shot Angela :)

  • Thank you so much Tammy! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • rockinsue
    rockinsueover 6 years ago

    so lovely

  • Thank you Sue – always appreciate your comments! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaover 6 years ago

    great legend!! i didn’t know the story behind the name.. that’s so interesting.. i never seen this flower before.. only heard of it’s name.. it’s so pretty.. is it soft to touch?

  • Many thanks Fa – I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story! Yes they are beautifully soft to touch – just like kittens in fact! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaover 6 years ago

    oooO!! shweet!! =D

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 6 years ago

    this is just so beautiful dear angela, thank you for sharing!

  • Many thank dear Mags – so please you enjoyed it! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Angela delightful image and story, i have never heard that one before :)

  • Angela Harburn
    Angela Harburnover 6 years ago

    Thank you Michael – it is a delightful legend – glad you enjoyed it! xxx

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