So I posted a photo of magnolia flowers, after confusing it with the pussy willow. No more mixups! No more hesitation! I present the real pussy willow aka the fluffy cat tree. Or the fluffy bunny tree. Or the fluffy sheep tree. Just follow this formula and you can’t go wrong: (fluffy) + (name of your animal of choice).
You know those fluffy, hairy flower buds that appear in early spring on magnolia trees? Yeah, I confused them with the ones on the “pussy willow” tree. They are often called “kotiki” in which “kot” directly in translation means “cats” but adding “iki” at the end makes it diminutive, making it sound more gentle and affectionate like saying “kitty”.
I encountered witch hazel for the first time at Cootes Paradise in March of this year. This nature sanctuary in Burlington is one of my favourite places to go for a long walk and take pictures. There was a cold breeze. Everything was grey. Not a splash of colour could be seen throughout the entire park, except for the numerous red cardinals perched amid the trees.