The weather continues to be rather backward. Yesterday was very chilly and we even had a few snow showers. It was dampening my spirits a little as well, so I decided to go for another walk and look at all the signs of new life which are appearing everywhere! It was a cold walk, but encouraging nonetheless and I returned with very cold feet but triumphantly bearing an armful of blooming Alder and Willow catkins!
I think the Pussy Willow branches look almost like pearls. There are a whole bunch of them in a swampy area down the road from us and when I first saw them a few days ago it was raining and they were just glistening...it was beautiful!
Most of the ground is bare now, but I loved seeing these in bloom with this snowy patch in the background...what a contrast!
The Speckled Alder catkins are really beautiful when viewed close-up! Sometime I hope to get a good strong magnifying glass so I can really study the details of smaller flowers.
Closeup of the Pussy Willows...
Ok, I knew I was asking for trouble bringing these into the house! I had brought some in last month to force, and it wasn't long before the kitties discovered them. This time, the moment I came in, Nastya attacked! 😁
I don't know if it's just that they dangle or if they taste good too, but they absolutely love these! They followed me all over the place, jumping onto furniture or my shoulder trying to get at them as I moved around the room, looking for a suitable place to set them.
I really wasn't satisfied with any of the pictures I took of the arrangement (it's a lot prettier than my pictures show!). It was just too windy to photograph outside and the lighting is terrible in the house. In one last attempt, I set them on the bedroom windowsill which still didn't help much, but I did capture another kitty moment, this time with Olga who was just checking them out. 😊
The vase is now adorning the kitchen table and I have my fingers crossed that the cats will leave it alone there. We have been trying to train them not to jump on the table but they still do it once in a while, and my sister thinks we're going to find a very wet table cloth very soon! 😃
I'm joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden today for IAVOM. Visit her blog to see many beautiful flower arrangements gathered from all around the world!