In vineyard life there are some very key times. One of these is happening right now. In our earliest varieties we are now experiencing bud break. This is time when snall shoots emerge from the young buds. This also means that bloom is 8 weeks away. Bloom is the next significant stage.
We have had quite a lot of rain this week. This is normal for Spring-"April Showers bring May Flowers.." These large, penetrating rains encourage the plant into bud break. We should see a lot of development this week.
Our vineyard is on the shore of Lake Erie. The lake effect delays us in the Spring. We can be 10 days behind the City of Windsor at this time. Our earliest bulbs are just now blooming.
The photo shows the vineyard now, and if you look closely, you'll see how we are training new trunks beside the old ones.