We've all heard the horror stories of Japanese Knotweed, working its way through concrete: we've all seen tiny little weeds pushing their way through tarmac: so really, we shouldn't be surprised at the sheer strength of plants.
And yet, it still seems wonderful, when I find something like this:
Isn't that amazing?
The new buds have come out so strongly, that they have actually pushed off a flap of old bark!
The bark is still firmly attached at the top and the bottom, and was under a considerable amount of tension from the shoot, pushing it outwards.
As I want these new shoots - more details to follow in a while - I cut off the now-loose flap of old bark, so that the shoots could continue to grow and develop.
But I'm pretty impressed!
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