An eye on grapevines in May

Here they come: the photos of the vineyard in May in my this year’s series of the grapevines’ growth.

Have you missed the other months? No worries, simply click here: February, March, April. You best start in February to enjoy the unfolding of nature’s magic.

The vineyard is now lush, the grapevines much longer and leafy, and the flower buds more numerous. daniela, danielamühlheim, ladybird, nature, abundance, earth, explore, blog, switzerland, grapevine, wine, vineyard, spring

Grapevines May-15

As you see they grow in the typical arrangement we call grape.

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Grapevines have tendrils to entwine themselves around something like wire, wood, or your finger if you stay long enough ;-).

An explosion of green everywhere you look.

In fact, the grass in the vineyard has become so high that it needs a first cut.

Unless they are flowers and food for the animals or eye-candy for Lady Bird :0).

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The cattle sometimes also enjoy to have a paparazzo around…

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Until enough is enough ;0).

So we turn our eyes and camera somewhere else. Look what happened to the cozy spot under the linden tree! It has transformed into a green “service station”. One can sit there forever and fill up on green energy almost for free. All we need to do, from my point of view, is show respect for the natural world and be grateful for all she provides us with.

The breathtaking difference between February, March, April and May:

We shall not take this beauty for granted, though. While we can still be sure that nature turns green at some stage, it may well happen way too early or later than expected or interrupted by late snow and freezing temperatures. I took the photographs I share with you in this series over three years and everyone was different.

In May this year, for example, cold snaps came around at just a very delicate time in the development of grapevines. Temperatures went below zero during nighttime and this had the potential to destroy the vineyards. Some winegrowers had no choice than to keep the temperature above zero within the vineyard and they tried to do so by lighting campfires or so called log candles between the grapevines. They had to go to a great length to keep their vines warm enough to survive.

Let us keep in mind that we all fully depend on nature and the climate. And each other.

Grapevines May-4

 

 

 

Missed “an episode” on grapevines? Check them out here:
An eye on grapevines in April
An eye on grapevines in March
An eye on grapevines in February

 

 

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