Spring, a magical time of year, where every day brings new delights, new surprises, new colour…
Red Oak (Quercus rubra) leaves unfurling and starting to expand. This photo is from a very young sapling – only in its third year. Leaves on the mature trees are still a week or so from enlarging to this degree.
Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) leaf escaping its protective winter parka. The leaves will eventually be up to 18 inches long; the white flowers can be quite spectacular as well.
Canada Redbud (Cercis canadensis) flower buds about to burst. This is such an interesting native flowering small tree – the flowers form along the stems, not at the tips like most other flowering shrubs or trees, and well before the large heart shaped leaves emerge.