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Promise in a Bud

If you take time to look, you will find beauty in every season.  Take a dormant apple spur for example.  Oh, I know this short, wrinkled shoot is not much to look at, but with a little imagination you can picture the leaves and fruit it will soon bear.  Spring will be here before we know it.

Carl-Sagan-quote-over-apple-spur

Did you know that apple trees bear mixed buds meaning that they contain both flowers and leaves?  Most mixed buds are found at the terminal end of spurs on two-year or older wood, so that is where the fruit will develop.  These spurs may continue to bear fruit for ten years or more so we need to be careful not to damage them during annual pruning.  Smaller buds elsewhere in the canopy are usually vegetative but still important as their photosynthesis sustains the tree and the developing fruit.

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The Beauty of the Garden

I love working in the garden this time of year, whether weeding or scouting for insects and diseases.  Yesterday morning was particularly pleasant weather-wise, the pumpkins, watermelons, and cantaloupes are all in bloom, the aroma of fresh tilled soil was in the air, and a variety of pollinators were busy buzzing around.  I encourage you to take the time to experience a garden with all your senses, and share it with young people in your life.  It will feed your body as well as your soul.

Thoreau quote over cantaloupe flowers

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