The Willow Tree……. There is such a gracefulness about a willow tree. It’s long, loping branches of greenery dance to the gentle breeze of the wind.
We planted willow trees when we first started Sampson’s Hollow in 2005. One of our particular favorite weeping willows grows well as it was planted at the head of the wet weather spring, the same one that has been used to provide water in the pastures for over one hundred years. The roots of the willow have soaked up the life-given moisture of the earth. Even when the sun bears down on it and the ground seems dry on the surface–it continues to grow taller and healthier.
A willow doesn’t need a great deal of pampering or attention. In fact, it can be easily propagated and new growth can be started just by sticking a stem in water and waiting for it to start sprouting roots. The branches can be used to mold and to make works of art and are flexible and giving.
Isn’t that kind of symbolic of what a successful marriage needs to strive to be?
A happy parallel I like to think.
Janice Livingston 2018