Tree Watch – Please Release Me

I am rather fond of the leaf buds of the lime tree, this is Tilia x europaea or the Common Lime.  They are glossy, red and plump and alternate down the zig zagging branch in a very appealing way.  If you study the bud with a hand lens, magnifying glass or eyes much better than mine, you can see that the bud is composed of two scales, one larger than the other, and is fringed with fine hairs.  Today I noticed this terminal bud just beginning to release its contents, a soon to be born leaf slowly inching out into the warm spring air.

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