It feels as though everything has committed to spring now. The trees in particular are edging towards various shades of greenness. The elder leaf is well out and some of the trees are even showing emerging flower clusters. Hawthorn has also gone though leaf break and has incipent flower buds on display. Last week I was taking picture of pussy willow in the hedges covered in pollen (and mist):
This week I had intended to collect some small branches for an arrangement, but the flowers are already over and the leaves are beginning to peek out.
Luckily for my arrangement, the female flowers are coming into their own and whilst not as spectacular as the fully open males covered in pollen, they have their own interesting texture (spikey – a bit like therapy/massage balls).
So on today’s dog walk I was able to gather a bundle of twigs of willow, white poplar (buff catkins just emerging), lime (beautiful red stalks and buds), hazel (showing emerging fresh green leaves) and ash (for the contrasting black buds – again just breaking).
They look lovely together, especially against the blue sky.