Friday, March 7, 2014
THE TREE #1 - beginnings
The tree that has been chosen for this series is a very special tree here in the Gardens at Waters East. Very special indeed. It may be a common tree throughout much of North America, but it is a special tree here in these gardens located along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Twelve years ago this month (March 6, 2002) a small beanlike seed from the Honey Locust – Gleditsia triacanthos, was planted in a pot in the sunroom of the home on this property. In June of that year it was moved outside into the gardens. From that small seed, there now stands a tree more than 20 feet tall. It has matured. In fact, this past summer was the first time it produced seedpods. I feel like a proud papa! I have watched this tree grow from that small seed a dozen years ago, into a good size tree that now protects and shades the Hosta Garden, one of thirteen garden rooms in the gardens here along the shore. I often sit in the shade myself at the edge of another garden room, the Bog Garden sotme twenty feet away taking in the sights and smells of the many flowers growing where the Locus lives. The small seed planted years ago has now become an adult.
Over the coming months I hope you can enjoy and admire what my “baby” has become. From a small seed of years ago to the structural element that now dominates the southern edge of the Gardens at Waters East. It stands tall and proud, a great addition to the gardens. I will be posting monthly the life of this tree and the friends that gather around it, and the friends that call it home today.
The photos posted today all were taken in the last twenty-four hours. This was done to give an immediate base to all photos that will be posted monthly over the present year of 2014. This is the first in a series titled - - The Tree, which will follow the life of my special tree!
NOTE: Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here. It is what it is.