Baby pussywillows outlined with frost

I put in 10” dormant pussywillows, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mt Aso’ — 20 of them — in the spring, hoping they would take…then hoping they would grow to their 5’ tall height… then hoping they would form the beautiful rose-red pussies.

Well I got two out of three of my wishes.

They almost all took, grew new branches, new leaves – and now – pussies for winter.  Salix mt. asa pussy rimmed with frost dec 2015They are only about 18” tall so far, but I assume they have nice roots and next year should start making some height.

So I will have my “river” of pussywillows for summer leaves and winter color, and then I will interplant with Siberian Irises for spring bloom.  Yum.

This is my favorite plant. Or this. Or maybe this.

There’s a song in Finian’s Rainbow (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, music by Burton Lane) that goes:

“Oh, my heart is beating wildly

And it’s all because you’re here

When I’m not near the girl I love

I love the girl I’m near”

Change ‘girl’ to ‘plant’ and Oh, my heart is beating wildly too.

I ordered seeds for spring planting, many annuals to bring me some quick color where eventually there will be colorful perennial borders, flowering shrubs, colorful groundcovers.  I have also placed a spring order for many additional trees and shrubs – plants which would not have done well during our cold, windy, dry winter if planted last fall, and also some which might have done fine but were just not available.

And each plant I chose became, in turn, my favorite.  Sometimes because I had used it before and know exactly how it will look when it begins to grow up.  And sometimes because I have NOT used it before, and everything I read about it makes me wonder why not, why such an amazingly desirable plant was not – yet – in my plant palette.

So here are some of my, at this moment, very, very favorites, some old, some new, which I hope will soon be making their appearance at Timshala: Corn Poppies, Red Cosmos, Nasturtiums, Bald Cypress, Tatarian Maple “Hot Wings’,  Hydrangea paniculata, Double File Viburnum, Bronze Fennel, Rosa glauca (formerly rubrifolium), Red Pussywillow.