The willow field in May looks so different from the harvest months just a short time ago! At this stage growing stems are visible, but floral buds are months away! The cold nights just a week or so ago damaged a few of the cultivars; their soft growing tips felt a hard May frost in the Litchfield Hills! If the tips do not fully recover, they will have to be removed to encourage new healthy growth of side shoots.
Here a few shots of the field, before last week's planting of additional species. Also included are the growing stems of the beautiful black pussy willow just short shoots now.