Bud Break at Laurel Glen, March 2005

By Ryan Snyder

Bud break came a week early this year. Here is a bud unfolding over the course of a warm week in early March...

A young vine, cane pruned bilaterally, and wrapped around the fruiting wire, the spurs and canes just beginning to bud out:


A bud still encased in its hard protective shell. The bud is above a pruning cut:


The bud opens, exposing the first inchoate leaf, which will quickly enlarge and expand into...


... a bursting mass of tiny leaves and shoots and potential grape clusters. What an amazing time of year!!