Esther at Esthersboringgardenblog, who should be sued under the Trade Descriptions's Act for interestingness, has been hosting a group of us who have been recording a year in the life of a tree. I have to admit that I have been pretty hopeless at this. There was so little change in February that I couldn't bring myself to blog about it. Let me show you what I mean:
Here is a fat bud at the end of January.
And here it is at the end of February. You can perhaps see how I might have felt I had nothing to say.
But March has been warm, even hot, and sunny and just plain gorgeous. From a distance as you walk across the field and look up at the horse chestnut you are not sure whether it is in leaf or not.
But get closer and you can see that the whole tree is opening up and out.
On the North side of the tree the buds are bursting.
But on the South side they are offering themselves to the world,
throwing wide their arms,
even thinking of flowering, sometime, soon.
Spring has sprung and the tree is on the move.