I remember looking at the swelling buds on trees in late winter, when I was a child, and wondering what was inside.
I may even be guilty of trying to “dissect” one or two along the way…
Like so many things, the insides are a mystery, and the unfolding appears magical. How could all of those beautiful flowers and shiny green leaves be packed into such a tiny, tight bud?
The buds of every different tree and woody shrub open somewhat differently. They all unfold on their own schedule.
From earliest Forsythia and Witch Hazel; through Magnolias, Cherries, and Bradford pears; until finally the Dogwoods and Azaleas of April open; the weeks of spring bring us a constantly changing, colorful garden.
Here is a tiny glimpse “inside” the buds of Forsythia, pear, and peach flowers. Notice how quickly the leaves open behind the flowers, especially in the warmth of indoors.
We have had a mix of sleet, rain, and snow here today.
The ground is white in places, and the deck furniture shivers beneath a frozen glaze pebbled with sleet. The temperature is dropping out there now, and our Daffodils and Crocus are frozen in their own jackets of ice.
But inside it’s spring. Our forced branches continue to open and treat us to their beauty, changing and growing from morning to evening each day. Come take a look inside their opening buds.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014