Monday, April 17, 2017

Fleurpywillows aka showing off some of the local flora



Shortly after we moved into our home I wanted to plant some pussy willows. We did, and it took a few years for them to do their thing. Every year I miss their cute pussy willow stage and I don't realize they have bloomed until they have totally bloomed.


I have to admit ignorance when it came to pussy willows. I had no idea that they bloomed. I also didn't know they have a very nice light scent.


I also planted a wisteria vine that I had at the previous house. It has been doing well here but I have to remember to hack it back quite a bit each year in order for it to bloom. I didn't know that originally and wondered why it never bloomed. I always feel back cutting it back, but it thrives on it. I just wish that I could do something with the vines I cut off each year. I was thinking I should learn basketweaving as I saw the pile that was left behind, but I need one more hobby like a hole in the head, so they went off to the compost heap. (sorry no pictures, the thing seriously looked dead)

I also planted a couple of lilac bushes.. they are starting to bloom as well.


I also have another plant/bush/tree in the back that I thought was a pussy willow at one point, but when I got up close, I realized it wasn't. I have no idea what it is.


This year I want to plant a chestnut tree. They were once very plentiful in this area and now they are not, so I thought I'd do one small little thing to fix that.

and yes. I need kittens.

18 comments:

  1. You are WAY more gardening savvy than my human! Although pretty much everyone is.

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  2. Love your fleurpywillows! We have a really old lilac; gnarled and twisted, but it blooms!

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  3. I love pussy willows. They are very cute and fluffy like kitties :-) I have no idea what kind of tree that is in your last photos. They sure look very unique!

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  4. Thanks for showing us the spring flowery things. And yes, you do need kittens. Hold on, they are a'comin'.

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  5. I am a lover of pussy willows and never thought of planting them. I want to do that! Some very pretty pictures this morning!

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  6. that last tree looks like you are growing caterpillars :)

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  7. Now you have Mumsy wanting a pussy willow. We enjoyed seeing all of your spring flowery things, thank you for showing them to us. The pictures are all great. Hugs and nose kisses

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  8. Lovely photos of all your beautiful bushes. Looks like your kitties enjoyed the pussywillows too.
    Take care all!
    Robin

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  9. As usual, your photos are stunning. I grew up with all those things. I used to have to sneak lilacs into my bedroom as my mother was allergic (though she loved them and nurtured them in the garden. I love, LOVE chestnuts trees (they are very messy, though.) I planted pussy willows once. Just a handful that I bought to enjoy but they sprouted roots in the vase. I stuck them in the ground and now they are taller than a 2.5 storey house!

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  10. These are beautiful pictures.

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  11. I do not think I have seen pussywillows in years! I don't know where to look.

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  12. Very pretty. One of the mom's favorite things is pussy willows. Alas, she doesn't have any planted here. Maybe she should fix that.

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  13. Nellie LOVED Pussy Willows!
    Thank you for finding the right words to express your condolences. Thank you very much!
    With Live
    Barb (Nellie's Mommy)

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  14. Our pussy willows were yellow with pollen at the beginning of March, we were disappointed.

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  15. The pussy willows haven't yet arrived here (just like your kittens). Hopefully in the next few weeks. Mom bean says thanks for sharing the photos!

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  16. I miss pussywillows, living here in the mid Atlantic. Pussywillows and birch trees... I wonder if I could get them going here.

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  17. Oh pussywillows, cool! I never considered planting those! I've planted several native species and this year will plant milk weed for the first time for the butterflies.

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  18. I haven't seen a pussywillow in years! Looks like Fleurp, Jack and Muffin like them as much as you do!

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