The Tuesday tree: first green of the year
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.