Thanks, as usual, to Squirrelbasket for hosting this meme.
This is the time of year when my malus suddenly springs into new growth, bombing unsuspecting passers-by as it rids itself of any remaining remnants of the fruits that have given it all those red dots through the winter and generated all the blackbird poop that, in turn, has led to daily car cleaning operations. Now it’s a daily sweeping and shovelling operation as I collect a little bucketful* of fruits in varying stages of hardness or decomposition. It’s surprising how hard the hard ones are as they bounce off your head!
Almost overnight the branches went from bare to lushly green. The newly sprouting foliage has a brightness which only lasts for a few weeks before a more mundane green takes over. The header photograph doesn’t do justice to that sprouting green.
The new season of growth is well and truly harbinged (I may have invented that word but I like it).
While I’m waiting, I’m going to offer an unsolicited product review. I never accept “gifts” to review. I don’t know about you but one of my biggest bugbears is plasters. Those things you stick on your finger when you tear the knuckle open on a rose thorn in the vain hope that they will stop blood gushing all over everything you approach. Those things that generally fall off ten seconds later. Well I’ve found the ultimate in sticking plasters. One that I forgot I was wearing (well it is supposed to be “invisible”) until the end of the following day. It had stayed stuck through a day and a half of gardening and two showers (the bathroom type) whilst I’d forgotten it was on! A chance purchase in Poundland. A quid for 24 plasters that stay put. I’m not complaining.