It seems like spring is taking its time to "pop" this year, but perhaps I'm just impatient. I thought I'd show you some tree buds. Despite how tight they still are, I can see signs of spring. And along the way, notice how different the various buds look! First, look at one of our very old apple trees. See the reddish cast to the branches. That's a sign of spring, when the blush begins to show. The inset bud doesn't show much action though.
Here are the buds of the beech tree. Yes, that skinny dark branch with the very thin pointy buds. No evidence of swelling there yet!
This is the rather unimpressive boxelder, actually a member of the maple family. I think the interesting thing about this is how the twigs begin to turn greenish before the buds swell.
Finally, here's a bud you've seen before in one of the Winter Rainbows. This is the red elder, not related to boxelder at all. It is related to the elderberry, from which one can make wine, jelly or pies. However, this one has red berries early in the summer, and they are not edible. You'd at least get a very bad tummy ache if you ate them.
The left picture was taken on April 8, and the right one earlier today. These are the most ambitious buds I've found anywhere in the neighborhood. And look closely inside the opening swirl of leaves. Can you tell what is hidden there?
|Hike Planning Report|
|Finished the first draft of the trail guide!
Life got in the way while I was busy making plans. And Maggie stole and ate an entire package of dried hamburger, one pound worth! Needless to say, she was not given much dinner or a pat on the head.
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