There's leaves popping out on 3 of the four new fruit trees that I planted on February 3. The little tiny stick of a fig tree, Violette de Bordeaux, has a little tuft of leaves at the tip of the "trunk" and is even sporting a few baby figs.
The Panache fig is putting out leaves along the top of the trunk. I really need to cut this tree down to about 18 inches since I want to train it into more of a bush than a tree, but it's just so hard for me to lop it off. But, now that I know that it's going to take off I need to get it done before it gets out of hand.
The Sweet pomegranate was the first tree to leaf out and seems to be really happy. I'm going to pull some of those upright branches down into a more horizontal position to give it a better form. They seem to be a bit too tiny to hang rocks off of, so I plan on using some green plastic ties tied to the branches and staked into the ground.
And finally, I hope that I see a bit of swelling in the buds on the mulberry. It's not looking as good as I would like, but at least the branches aren't dry and brittle. If I remember correctly, the mulberry tree in my last garden was always one of the last trees to leaf out.