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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,

butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

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Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Pussy Willow

Salix discolor

Pussy willow is usually a large shrub 8-12 feet tall. Like many willows however, aggressive pruning will result in fuller growth. If you like the catkins for floral arranging, cut it to the ground in February, cut the stems to the new growth, and set in water. The catkins will start opening up in a couple weeks. With proper timing you may be able to dry them with the catkins open. I've tried this once, and took them out of water too late. While they didn't develop pollen, the catkins would fall off with a touch.

The catkins are the male blossoms, and will produce large quantities of pollen. Willow pollen is one of the first food source for bees when they become active in the spring.

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