My neighborhood gardening friend, Cindy, gave me a bouquet of Salix gracilistyla ‘Mt Aso,' the Japanese pink pussy willow, when she came to dinner on Valentine's Day. The branches have been sitting in a vase on the fireplace for almost a month. In that time the largest and most pink of the pussies have turned gold with the onset of pollen production.
The rest of the pussies continue to get larger and more fuzzy and leaves are coming out on some branches. Best of all, it appears that every stem is sending out roots. As soon as spring arrives for real I will be able to plant them out in the garden. Cindy told me that if you cut the branches when the pussies are pink and let them air dry, rather than putting them in water, they will dry pink. I'm filing that little tidbit of information away for next spring when I can try it for myself.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase this Monday, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this long-running meme.