I feel so bad, I don't think my 'Ariadne' made it through winter. The buds are a blackish color and the bark has a grayish tint to the majority of it. There are still some parts that show green, though. Yesterday, I probably did something I should not have - I removed one bud. There was a tiny bit of green behind it, but only the tiniest bit.
Am I expecting a miracle? Should I just stop obsessively looking at it every day?
My 'Jerre Swartz' also does not have swelling buds, but the entire tree is green and bright looking, and the buds are a healthy looking pinkish color.
I guess for my first winter with six grafts, losing one is not such a bad ratio. Still makes me sad, though : (