Earlier this week, I talked about forcing pussy willows and forsythia. It didn't take long for the pussy willows to pop out, but the forsythia branches are still working on it. They're coming, they're just a little slower than the fuzzy cats.
First to bloom was the Japanese Fantail Willow (Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka'). They're smaller than the regular pussy willow "toes" by about a fourth. Some are even tinier than that. For perspective, the tiniest toes in this picture are about the size of the head of a pin.