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Another way to impale flower show visitors

You can buy a bunch of pussy willow spears and have at the crowd - watch it open up and let you through! Or you can buy some fantail willows, which are much more interesting. In fall, the stems -- which are flat, how funky - turn red, green and brown and stay that way for much of winter.

Another way to impale flower show visitors

You can buy a bunch of pussy willow spears and have at the crowd - watch it open up and let you through! Or you can buy some fantail willows, which are much more interesting. In fall, the stems -- which are flat, how funky - turn red, green and brown and stay that way for much of winter.

Fantail willows are popular for centerpieces and wreaths, and those fancy seasonal containers people with lots of free time like to make and change and remake and change again. These were grown in Lancaster County, sold for $8 a bunch at Cramer's Posie Patch (and other vendors) at the show.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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