Friday, April 13, 2012

Watching the Fig Tree: A Spring Update

With warm weather and longer days, our fig is finally opening its leaves.
And they are growing larger everyday.

Here's what it looks like this week:

This photo shows some of the leaves still slightly curled, but nearly opened. 

Even so, being a young tree and planted at the edge of the wood means
our fig lacks the bravado of its neighboring figs.

Here's one that belongs to a neighbor;
this tree is sturdy and full:

The figs are just slightly larger than the ones on our tree though:

Here is a much larger fig that grows at the Chesapeake Arboretum:

It's still coming into full leaf because, like ours,
it's near a canopy of large trees.
Even so, by summer it will form a nearly impenetrable wall of green,
squirrels will perch in its branches and savor its juicy figs,
and turtles will nibble on the fruit that drops to the ground.
And if we're fortunate, our small tree will bear a few edible figs itself.

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