Giant-flowered willows!

The willows are in full flower.  Since willows here are pretty tiny, growing horizontally rather than vertically for the most part (although they seem to be trying to grow up a bit as the climate warms), the flowers really stand out, since they are about twice as high as the plants themselves.  I’m not sure they are really any bigger than flowers on willows elsewhere, but they are definitely more noticeable.

Once you notice them, it turns out they are really quite beautiful in their own quiet way.  The light was great this afternoon, a high bright fog, so I took a few pictures.

A veritable forest of willow flowers.

Willow flowers from ground level (with a couple saxifrages in bud for variety)

Bug's-eye view of willow flowers.

Another type of willow in close-up.

Close-up of willow flowers.

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One response to “Giant-flowered willows!

  1. janice kendrick

    anne, these photos are amazing! and the one you call “another kind of willow” i have seen before and wondered about. nice:)

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