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The Tuesday tree: first green of the year

April 5, 2011

This is the season of firsts. In Italian it is primavera, first green. The first green leaves of the year always make me feel like celebrating. This annual miracle never stales, does it? As always, the first trees to come into leaf here are the horse chestnut and the notafagus (South American beech). Some of the notafagi are properly green already; such a balm to the sight after the colourlessness of the first quarter of the year.

Most of the deciduous trees are in bud now, but the notafagi has yer actual green leaves! (I did tell you I was excited.)

April in Scotland is rarely like the soft spring days of an English April: it tends to be chilly, with gusty winds and the odd snow shower to keep us on our toes. This heavenly green, though, is a reminder of kinder weather to come.

The horse chestnuts, meanwhile, are not too far behind.

Looking back at my posts from last April, I can see that spring really is earlier than last year: this horse chestnut is a good week further on than it was after last year’s exceptionally cold first quarter. (You can compare it here.) From now on it is difficult to keep up with the unfurling of the spring, as every day brings new growth and new wonders. And that really is something to celebrate.

There is a little bit more about the notafagi at Too many trees.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2011 6:59 pm

    It’s so lovely to see new leaves bursting out all over, isn’t it? We’ve just been in transit from Wales to Northern Scotland and it was interesting to see how much further ahead spring is in some places than others. At home (we’re at 1000′) the leaves are only in bud but in lowland places both trees and hedges are showing green already.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 5, 2011 10:02 pm

      You are a good deal higher than us, then: which means that you have all this to look forward to! 🙂

  2. Deb permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:25 pm

    I always thought that Scotland was cold, but I guess it’s colder here! I just bought an Eastern Redbud tree that has baby green leaves on it already. The trouble is that it’s been so cold that it’s snowing. I’ve had to move the poor tree in and out of the garage every day for its own protection. Thanks for showing what we have to look forward to (I hope).

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 5, 2011 10:03 pm

      Oh my goodness. I hope your winter is nearly at an end, and your little tree survives!

  3. April 6, 2011 11:29 pm

    I really enjoy your careful observation and documentation. Thanks for all the pictures

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 6, 2011 11:55 pm

      How nice of you to say so. Thank you!

  4. April 7, 2011 10:42 am

    I love how the first green is always so, so vivid!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 7, 2011 12:07 pm

      Me too. You almost feel you can wash in it, if you know what I mean.

  5. Erika W. permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:00 pm

    How ever uncertain you still feel physically and mentally I do hope that you can look back from where you are now to realize that there is improvement even if at times it appears very slow. You give so much enjoyment with this blog, to so many of us that you remain in my thoughts and have my good wishes daily.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 12, 2011 7:18 pm

      Erika, what lovely generous words. I am very touched. Indeed, it has helped to have kept a blog, as it serves as a record of progress made, and has also been a wonderful way of connecting with people across the world. Thank you.

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