Monday, May 2, 2011

Tender times of May: Willows

Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)

In early spring willow wands awaken and begin to color, at first taking on a yellow hue with just a tinge of green. By May, the wands have turned a bright, kelly green and seem almost to vibrate with life.

These quintessential ambassadors of springtime soothe the senses and romance the spirit. Theirs is a tenderness that resonates with gentleness, sympathy and grace. Though willows are often associated with death and grief, they possess a very potent life force.

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