The Bees glory in this early nectar flow as our Pussy Willow comes into bloom in March.

Spring is marked, in my mind, when the large Pussy Willow that flourishes near our greenhouse comes into bloom. World is awakening, crocuses and specie iris are in bloom but it is still a dreary, dormant place. Then, this large Pussy Willow bursts into bloom, filling the air with a delightful fragrance. Like a banner, it calls on the wind to all pollinators, ‘come hither!’. And on sunny, windless days, local honeybees and other native pollinators rush to this early nectar flow and cover the tree. Working near it, in the perennials or the garden, you can hear a low drone as thousands of bees work the tree for nectar in exchange for pollination services.

The pollen flowers are just about to burst.

The distinctive Pussy Willow bud, such a soft gray, transforms into a yellow firecracker as thousands of individual flowers and their pollen burst from beneath the sheath of silver fur. Pussy willows, like all willows, will only produce either male or female flowers.