Oh dear ! I have a horrible that this is going to be a tragic tale rather than one with a happy ending ...
My fig tree is not happy and I have a horrible feeling it is my fault ! Its new leaves are very sparse and at the moment, it looks as if it will stay that way. There are some buds, but not that many. What leaves there are look healthy and disease - free, but the overall impression of the tree is that it is not thriving as it should.
So, what could have caused this poor spring growth ? A cold winter, perhaps ? A new and undiagnosed Fig-tree defoliating disease ? Or a lopper-happy gardener? Sadly, I think it is the latter which has caused the problems!! I think I pruned too late and too hard last autumn and my poor fig tree is paying the price.
So, how will it fare throughout this season ? Will it pick up, limp on, or die ?
There are an awful lot of bare branches, with no leaf buds at all.
I can't blame the cold weather, as our winter was unbelievably mild, and, as you can see, the tree is very well protected by two walls, a brick one and a stone one. It is sheltered from the worst of the wind and the frost, and has survived happily for about ten years.
There is a 'Polish Spirit' clematis which grows through the fig tree, and I pruned that back too, just before it came out of dormancy. It is fine and putting out lots of new shoots, which I need to tie in, as they are casting round, desperate for something to twirl round.
As this area is south facing it gets the best of the sun, and the walls retain the warmth, making a good environment for the fig tree to flourish in . Until a lopper - wielding gardener attacked it anyway !
There are quite a lot of small figs, and I must admit to not knowing whether they are ones which failed to ripen last year, or whether these small figs will grow and mature this season. I should be using this opportunity to research my fig tree and find out more about how it grows ... and how to prune it !
This post is linked to the 'Tree following' meme over at 'Looseandleafy'. If you hop across you will find lots of different trees to read about.