While most of my trees were late in leafing out this year, most have now caught up and are putting on good growth. Only the Cotoneasters and Hornbeams are still lagging behind.
The foliage on my Maples has now hardened and the trees are ready for defoliation, in order to reduce leaf size and improve ramification. I will wait until we have a spell of reasonably dry weather forecast (this weekend is looking good) before carrying out this work. I will record the process and post a video here to document the procedure.