Monday, April 12, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

I’ve been watching my maple very carefully for the last week. This is what the tree looks like from inside the house. Not too impressive, right?

Well, take a look at this photo. It's taken from a closer vantage point--directly under the tree. See those tiny buds budding?

The magic of spring is here!

I've never closely monitored a tree leafing out, so I'm really looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Little by little, we're going to see so many changes. As the days grow longer and warmer, my tree—all the trees, in fact—are coming out of their winter dormancy.

My maple tree’s roots are absorbing a new supply of water from all that rain we've been having lately. And as the water moves up, up to the tree’s branches, it brings along a supply of stored carbohydrates. As far as the tree is concerned, they are dee-licious.

The buds are slowly swelling, stretching longer and growing plumper day by day. They are shedding their scaly coats and pushing out and out to greet the world.Soon the tiny new leaves will begin to unfurl. I can’t wait!

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