You’ll find plenty of ‘buds’ on most bare tree branches. It’s hard to imagine any life in these buds on the coldest, windiest Winter days, but the promise of Spring is inside every one. You might want to try opening one or two of the buds to see what’s inside. In late winter, you can even ‘trick’ the bud into thinking it’s already Spring – cut a small branch with some of your ‘buddies’ on it from its tree or shrub and place it in a container of water inside the house. Watch what happens. This can work especially well with forsythia, pussy willow, red bud, magnolia, crab apple, cherry, honeysuckle, lilac, dogwood and wisteria.