Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pussy Willows Bloom




Most of my pussy willows are in full fluff, like the one at the right, but one male stem has already started blooming, tiny yellow flowers sprouting from the silver catkin. Some type of bee is eagerly collecting pollen to take back to its hive for the young bees, but the flowers are actually pollinated by the wind; the male flowers produce so much pollen because the female flowers are small and very little of the wind-blown pollen will fall on them.






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