Pussy willows should be just appearing late February, Willow – Shellagh is a species that has many varieties growing in Mann, these species hybridise and consequently there can be numerous different shapes, sizes and colours of catkins, male and female.
The garden Crocus – Crocys should be ‘well up’, Erinville garden on the approach to Kirk Michael is hard to beat for a show of colour. I also think that there will be Daffodils – Lus ny n’guiy out by now, I believe there were some out at Christmas!
February 1st is St Bridget’s Day and it was tradition in Ireland to make St Bridget’s Crosses, Crosh Vreeshey. These were fashioned from rushes, the Soft rush, Juncus effusus, Shuin or Leaghyr. Traditionally, rushes were used in Mann for thatching, rush lights, etc. crosses could well have been made too. The traditional use of rushes, that most people are familiar with, is the strewing of rushes on the pathway from the church to Tynwald hill on Tynwald day. I know many people who collect them on the day and keep them for luck.