The most beautiful buds prize this week goes to that ugly duckling, the walnut.
There is such sculpted elegance in those leaves. They have just a touch of apricot-bronze. And the silvery shimmer! Look at it from this angle:
The pineappley things turn out to be blossom buds, but I think the leaves are the real stars.
Biding its time, because it wants to beat the apple next week, is my mystery bud. This is a bit embarrassing, but fantastic at the same time. I asked readers if anyone knew what the tiny little red buds were, and I got back the answer Circis siliquastrum, or ‘Judas tree’ (or ‘redbud’). Surely not, I thought, for I have admired pictures of the Judas tree in my Carol Klein book, Life in a Cottage Garden, and have considered garden visits based purely on their famed Judas trees.
But, yes, it does appear that these buds match exactly the photos online. Here they are now, the buds having popped just a little:
Looking particularly lovely against a blue sky.
And close up, like little jelly beans:
So how is it possible that I have failed to notice that we have our very own Judas tree in our front garden? Has it been frosted before? Have I just been distracted at this time of year by the tulips? Or by the other divine tree behind it which has dripping blackcurrant laburnum-like flowers? I shall be posting a picture for identification soon – it is late this year.
But no matter, I am delighted to be the proud owner of this fantabulous tree. And I will take a photo when it bursts. And I forgive the previous owners of the garden for that bamboo, and for the wretched Spanish bluebells, because you gave us the gift of a Judas tree. Thank you.
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