In spite of the cold spell we now have many, many darling buds of May! The biggest of them all are flower buds of peony, they are almost the size of chicken eggs. And I am looking forward to their deep fuchsia blooms to fill my vase with. Cherry tree is very prolific this year, all the branches are covered with flower buds. I did applied a generous layer of wood ashes and fish blood and bone a couple of months ago, hopefully will lead to some rich cherry picking later on, if our residential black birds allow me to. The unexpected ones are from the quince, it has very pretty powder pink flower buds that look extremely delicate, almost too fragile to withstand the chill of the morning air. I don't expect them to become fruits but appreciate their showing of promise to come.
The fig trees have very robust fruit buds. The advice is to remove the buds that are larger than the pea size. I would normally count the buds first and then try to resist removing those larger buds if the count is low in number. This year I will try to increase the number of fig trees and house one of them in the green house and see whether it will really produce 2 crops in one year.
Not all buds are for flowers and fruits. Some are leaf buds, like the grape vines. They indicate that the brown twits are alive, ready to break into leaves once the temperature rises. I suppose this year is another tricky year for grapes due to the long cold spring.
The edible buds are asparagus! They are just popping their heads above the ground. It's the third year since I planted their first year crowns. The year that one is supposed to harvest the crop. A long time to wait and no doubt they will be the best asparagus money cannot buy!
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