FLOWERING MAPLE-OLD PITCHER-PUSSY WILLOWS

6 02 2013

Hello,

Today we are having snow showers but tomorrow night into Friday we are having another snow storm.

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Flowering Maple

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In the darkness of winter this plant brings me great joy.  Most of my plants are in the small south bedroom.  It sunny and warm there.  I will start my veggies in that room in March.  The Flowering Maple is by far my favorite winter plant.  It flowers most of the winter in bits and spurts.  I have found a seed company which carries the seeds in various colors.  I plan to  get a package and try growing them.

THE PITCHER

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I bought this pitcher many years ago at a tag sale for $.25.   It reminded me of the pitchers at the Ashfield Grange when we had Grange  Sunday dinners.  They would be brought to the table with either ice-cold milk or ice-cold water.   The Grange dinners would be full meals everything handmade by the grange ladies.  I went when I was a child through my children growing up.  I don’t think they have them anymore.  They were only held once a month and tickets had to be bought in advance and only May through November.  I use the pitcher  every day to fill the pot on the wood stove and to bring hot water for Sadie’s bucket.

PUSSY WILLOWS

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These are from the branch I cut down a few days ago.  They are all starting to flower.  Some were already in flower from the warmer weather we had a few weeks ago.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.

Carole


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4 responses

6 02 2013
Anne Wilson

I love the pitcher, it looks so rustic as though it has a lot of tales to tell. Abutilon (flowering maple) is quite easy to grow from seed, I grew it here many years ago, I seem to recall that the seed had to first be scarified, I will have to grow them again as we have a sun-room they should do fine.

6 02 2013
Bealtaine Cottage

That’s a great idea for the communal dinners and ticket system…and you’ve reminded me to bring some willow into the cottage!

6 02 2013
pattigail

The Flowering Maple is gorgeous! How bright and cheery to have in the winter. I wonder if Merlin would eat them….he is impossible eating tulips, pansies and now primroses! I tried to get him to eat wheatgrass and some other green for cats but he would have none of it! I think I may try it next year…and I am jealous of your pussy willows. We cut back out bush ( tree!) so I don’t have any this year…I have always loved pussy willows….oh spring, where are you?!

7 02 2013
Mary Jane

The pitcher reminds me immediately of the church suppers we went to when I was little! A nice mmemory I had not thought about for ages!
OK, keep the shovels out and the sheep warm…

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