PussyWillow ... Spring is here !!!

AnnDixon

Chester, United Kingdom

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March 2010
Taken with Canon EOS 350D

Taken on a walk in Chester Cheshire UK,

Dedicated to Spring,

Pussy willow is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring.

Before the male catkins of these species come into full flower they are covered in fine, greyish fur, leading to a fancied likeness to tiny cats, also known as “pussies”. The catkins appear long before the leaves, and are one of the earliest signs of spring. At other times of year trees of most of these species are usually known by their ordinary names.

Since the Chinese like numerous blossoms on a branch, the many buds of the pussy willow make it a favourite flower for Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year). The fluffy white blossoms of the pussy willow resemble silk, and they soon give forth young shoots the color of green jade. Chinese enjoy such signs of growth, which represent the coming of prosperity.1 Towards the Lunar New Year period in spring, stalks of the plant may be bought from wet market vendors or supermarkets.

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