It is a wet and miserable day but I have dutifully made my way through the rain to check on my venerable old tree for Lucy’s meme which involves a monthly update on the 7th of the month.
As you see not a lot is happening. But then if you are a 464 year old tree, a month is nothing but a blinking of an eye. But there are no leaves yet. Pliny noticed that the mulberry comes into leaf late. He said: ‘Of all the cultivated trees, the Mulberry is the last to bud, which it never does until the cold weather is past, and it is therefore called the wisest of trees. But when it begins to put forth buds, it dispatches the business in one night and that with so much force that their breaking forth may be clearly heard.’ This sounds a bit far fetched to me and I suppose a dedicated tree follower would take his tent and his primus and take up residence by the tree to find out if this is really the case. But I am busy at the moment and anyway it would look odd. If passers-by asked me what I was doing I would have to explain that I was testing Pliny’s theory of Mulberry bud popping. No, I can’t do it; I live in a village. People talk.
The audible ‘bursting forth’ is clearly imminent though. You can see a little green at the tips.
By May we should have some leaves. I believe the Latin name for mulberry: Morus means delay and it is so called because it is wise enough to delay coming into leaf until the risk of frost damage is over. For this reason the tree was dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Minerva.
There are some little primroses and celandines nestled under the trunk and an Elder seedling has tucked itself in there too.
It is not too late to join Lucy’s meme and follow a tree on the 7th of each month. Why don’t you go over to LooseandLeafy and see what trees Lucy and other people are following?
I am going to give you a tour of the garden later this week because I normally get so intent on showing you close up shots of plants that I forget to put them in any sort of context. Cathy of Ramblinginthegarden tactfully suggested I should post some shots of the garden so that is what I will do.