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Since we’ve been having warmer temperatures I started yearning for spring and pussy willows came to mind. They have started appearing in the stores already so I thought it would be a good time to take down my winter wreath and replace it with a pussy willow one.

This easy to make wreath is perfect for the door, they dry in place and won’t change color or drop off, so you could use it year after year if you store it properly.

What you need:

  • Branches of pussy willows ( 2 to 3 bunches)
  • Grapevine, or twig wreaths from Michaels or local craft store
  • Hot glue
  • Hand pruners or secateurs
  • 1 yard of ribbon for hanging  (optional)

1.  Cut the tips of the pussy willow branches so they’re 8 to 10 inches in length, making sure you have some at different lengths.

2.  Starting at the bottom centre of the grapevine wreath insert each end of the cut pussy willow stem with a little glue, work your way up on one side and repeat on the other side.

3.  Create a thin layer around the entire wreath, and then for more fullness, add the rest of the pussy willow stems into both sides of the wreath.

4.  When buying the stems look for some that already are in bloom so your wreath has some color to it.

5.  If you like, finish the wreath by looping ribbon over a section of the wreath form and tying a bow about 10 inches above the wreath. Hang the wreath at the bow.

Pussy willow also look great displayed in tall vases, you can add them to arrangements with flowers, put them on your window ledges or in dark corners of your house.

Looking forward to warmer weather and beautiful spring flowers. Canada Blooms is coming in March so I will keep you updated on new ideas for spring and summer!

Nicola Bishop

bishop4086@rogers.com


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Flower Power – Pussy Willows & Branches

At this time of the year it is nice to fill some large vases with pussy willow or blossom branches. They look lovely on your mantel or dining room table, can be inexpensive and will last a few weeks. You can fill a large vase and add several bunches of pussy willow on there own, or add some tulips to them for extra color.

Pussy willow is a name given to the smaller species of willows and sallow’s. When the furry catkins are young in early spring before the male catkins of the species come into flower they are covered in a fine, grayish fur, which has a likeness to tiny cats, also known as pussies. The catkins appear before the sallow leaves and are the first sign of spring on the trees.

The flowering shoots of pussy willow are used in Europe and America for religious decoration on Palm Sunday and as a replacement for palm branches that do not grow that far north.

When buying pussy willows pick them with long straight stems, furry buds and no leaves appearing. You can cut the stems every three days so they can keep drinking. If you prefer to keep the busy willow in pussy state then put them in a dry vase in a cool place. They can be used in dry arrangements, and will look nice in your vase for quite some time.

You can also purchase a weeping pussy willow tree, which can be planted in your garden. Keep the plant indoors for the first winter, keep it well watered, silvery white catkins will appear first and then yellow stamens later in the season. After it flowers it can be cut back to two inches of the stem allowing new branches to come the following spring.

Plant outside in spring and keep well watered for the first year, it is an extremely winter hardy plant, and can become a lovely plant to enjoy every spring.

Another favorite of mine while growing up in England was the cherry blossom tree.  When walking to school in the early spring the whole street would be lined on both sides with blossom trees. It was a sight to behold, and I have never forgotten this, so needless to say I planted one in my front garden here in Canada.

Just having cut branches in your home will bring a little spring inside early. They should be bought also when the buds are just starting to pop through.  And again change the water every few days. They can be cut and put into flower arrangements, and would be lovely around Easter time as long branches to hang little Easter eggs off of them for decoration.

Get inspiration and great ideas for your garden by attending CANADA BLOOMS !

It starts this week, and this year it is at The Direct Energy building from the 17th to the 21st .

Nicola Bishop

bishop4086@rogers.com

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