We are now into April and my wee tree doesn't look much different than it has done in previous posts. Talk about a watched pot! It seems just as equally true for a tree - does a watched tree ever leaf?
|Sorbus Autumn Spire|
Primula denticulata Alba will be the first to flower. Followed later by Trollius cultorum Cheddar, Ligularia The Rocket and Astilbe Deutschland. There should also be Darmera pelatata off to the left but it doesn't appear to have returned this year. Bittercress seedlings were sprouting up everywhere, the whole area has had a good hoe and hopefully I will be able to keep on top of them.
Buds at the very top of the tree are just breaking. All those at eye level are still quite tight.
|Sorbus Autumn Spire buds bursting|
By comparing it to other trees in the garden, there's not much in it. The Hawthorn and another Rowan are a bit further on. Even the Acers, which generally leaf out reasonably early here are still in bud. Both the Birches (which are new) are tight in bud. The twig that is Betula Crimson Frost worries me a bit, it hasn't even broken a bud yet. It is so thin and fragile, I am apprehensive about carrying out a scrape of the bark to see what is happening beneath.
The tree I am choosing to follow this year, was new to my garden almost 1 year ago. Just a week or so short of it's first anniversary. It had very few flowers last year, in fact, just a couple of clusters. It will be interesting to see just how much blossom it produces this year.
|Sparrow and Greenfinch at feeder|
The blossom will in turn, lead to lovely yellow berries for the birds later in the year but meantime they are still making full use of the feeder. Just as I popped back out with the camera, I managed to get a snap of the greenfinch taking his fill. The sparrow patiently waiting his turn. This tiny feeder is well used, even the robin is now managing to take from it. Only when he breaks from his mating ritual though, he's going all out this year. Such a fascinating dancing act he puts on to impress his lady friends. It's just a pity I can't manage to catch him on camera.