This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English papers are trying to find out why their people use willows for "palms" on Palm Sunday, and fancy they find Scripture for it: "Ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook." The Catholics in this part of America use box branches, but do not search Scriptures for authority. The most rational explanation is, that the willow was used because they could not get "palm," and the box was taken here because neither "palm" nor willow was to be had.