The next flower to arrive in my
East Orange garden is the tulip. Other tulips may have bloomed
already, but no one else seems to be paying attention to them in
my local area, so I have to be the one to announce their arrival
in the city of East Orange. I'd happily put up photos from other
gardeners, but only if they are sent to me at [email protected] for inclusion in the East Orange True News.
Include some information about where and when they first appeared
this Spring. The bulbs always bloom in succession in the Spring-
first the snowdrops and crocus, then the daffodils, and next the tulips. After that, it's a mad dash for
many other varieties. But here's one I've been anxiously
awaiting: my front yard Concord Grapes.
This is what the grapes looked
like last June, hanging all over my gateways and fences. In the
fall they turned deep purple and people walking by could pick
them off and eat them right off the vine. Delicious!
When the first winter frosts
killed off all the grape leaves, I pruned the branches back and
built a new rack for the grapes to grow on. In late January, a
car smashed into my front yard, but did not damage any grape
vines. Still, I was worried about them all winter long. Grapes in
the winter really look dead.
So I was excited after finding
the first tulip blooming, to notice the tiny buds beginning to
show themselves on the grape vine. I marked the date on my
calendar - April 17th - so next year I will know to start looking
for them just before Earth Day.
Up close you can see a touch of
green at the base of the bud on what appears to be a stalk of
dead wood. The little buds are appearing all over the stalks and
I hope by June I will have a repeat of last year's bountiful
grape crop, only a little more controlled and easy to harvest
from the new racks. By next August, some will be dark purple and
then I hope my visitors will help me enjoy the grapes again.