I know they fall into the suckers
category (hah! just like the rest of us, at some point in time!), and are destined to be pruned back for the good of the plant (we’ve ended the human comparison, by the way), but these sprightly buds can certainly be admired for their vibrancy and vigor, their silky smoothness emerging unexpectedly from the rugged bark. Too often we focus on efficiency and miss the merits of serendipitous beauty. Must…stop…smell…roses…or some such in season.