Monday, May 2, 2011
A Bounty of Beautiful Buds
Yes, the wildflowers are pretty. But this time of year, many trees and shrubs bear buds that could surely compete with flowers for interest or beauty. Here's just a sampling.
American Beech is now dropping its coppery bud scales to
reveal its crisply pleated leaves covered with baby-chick down.
as the hollow bladders the bushes put forth in late summer.
to unveil the flower clusters hiding within.
on the prize for elegant, perfect symmetry.
separate shrubs. Above are the pistillate flowers (the girls) . . .
uncrumpled one. Are the bud covers on baby trees always this scarlet?
giant bud wrapped in celadon and apricot silk.