There is April, in the swelling bud. There is Spring. There are the deep wonders of this season, not in the flower, but in the flower’s beginnings….the bud itself is the major miracle.
~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons
One of my favorite plants to watch this time of year is the Painted Buckeye, Aesculus sylvatica. It is a common shrub in our woods, and one of the few things the deer don’t seem to bother. It is also our first shrub to leaf out in Spring. We walked the property this weekend, looking for signs of Spring and possible nest cavity trees. Along the way, I stopped to admire and document the various stages of buckeye buds. There is so much life and hope contained in a single bud. I think Spring is finally here…
Beautiful series showing the unfurling!
Thanks, Mary. One of my favorite leaf outs!
Buckeyes seem to not only be popular in other regions, but are also quite variable. We have only one, and it is not very desirable. It defoliates in the winter, and AGAIN in summer. It therefore has two sets of foliage, one in spring, and the other in autumn. It is weird, and not very appealing in the middle of summer.