Spring always comes in with a bang when it has to do with color. The bright advent bursts on the scene with yellow from daffodils and multiple colors from tulips and early flowering plums. Laying in wait (and it is a short wait) is the cornucopia of color that is in the background in the form of buds.
Looking out the window of our home, I decided to grab my camera to find some close ups of the buds of spring. This certainly is not an attempt to show everything that is coming into color, but more to advocate the experience of taking time to observe the multiple stages of beauty sometimes overlooked.
Conifers have their own brand of ‘cool’ when it comes to new growth. Some conifers have “candles” that portray the new life they have. These candles, fully developed, become the trees trunk and branches in the subsequent years. Junipers, like this Gold Cone Juniper, push new growth from the tips and the color is magnificent…as the name suggests.
Vine plants like grape and wisteria have a show of their own. The regiment of buds on a grape vine, when observed up close, is a miracle of its own. What looks to be a dead stick in dormancy proves to be quite alive with a show of leaves, tiny blooms, more vines and grapes. The Wisteria is chock full of buds. Some people have a difficult time getting their wisteria to produce flowers. Generally, it’s because they over water. Neither grapes or wisteria need much water here in the Northwest. Stressing a plant will most certainly produce seed…and the precursor to seed is the flower.
Rhododendron and Azaleas are coming into their own now as well. Both are bright and a welcome addition to the buds of spring line up. The cousin of the evergreen azalea is the Mollis and Exbury azaleas that are a few weeks away. Coming from a huge family of plants (Ericaceae), both Rhododendrons and Azaleas are some of the best splash in spring. Blueberries are a distant cousin of rhodies and azaleas, and too, have some pretty snazzy color and interest in early spring.
The Buds of Spring are everywhere and all you have to do is go out into your garden and borders to find some outstanding hidden gems of your own. Take your camera along and document what you see. You won’t be disappointed. Happy Gardening!