Gardening and Landscaping on the shore of Lake Michigan in Zone 4 - Zone 5. The special circumstances, needs and assets, for lake area gardening. Blogs to cover ongoing gardening and plantings, developments and issues, special plants. This is a photo journal of gardening as a hobby, shared with those of like mind.
Monday, July 7, 2014
THE TREE #5
This is the fifth posting in the
series “THE TREE” which follows the life of a special Honey Locust tree in the Gardens at Waters East.If you have not read the first posting,
it might be most helpful for you to do that.Go to the archives in this Blog and check out the posting – Beginnings - found on March 7, 2014.Reading this short introduction will
put this tree, this posting, and future postings in proper perspective.It will be helpful.
Let it be known that the Honey Locus has finally
“leafed-out”.Here we are now in
July and after many months of “just sitting there” the tree has managed to look
like the summer is here.It has
been along time.If you review the
past postings you will see how slowly and how long it has taken to get to the
present “look” for this locust.When I picked this tree to be THE TREE to follow, I had forgotten just
how long it takes to get to this point in development.Finally!
Four weeks ago
Two weeks ago
Here are a few more “factoids”
about this tree.
The new foliage starts out yellow, then morphs to a still attractive
green – yellow shade-a “spring-foliage season”, before
assuming a more common light shade of green for the summer.Then in fall the leaves return more to
the color yellow.Because of these
changes, it is a good tree for seasonal contrast in the garden.
A couple of the regular visitors to THE TREE
I had no idea that a ground hog could climb a tree.
He got away from THE TREE before I could get my camera,
but I caught him in the smaller tree next to it.
Eating the new leaves on both!!
Here he is poking his head out of his hole yesterday at the base of THE TREE
Not only the tree, but the plant life around the base has
developed nicely since the last posting. Now it gives "shadows" and shade to the hosta below.
As you can see, there is
also more “good news”.At the base area
of THE TREE is a new sculpture created by a visiting Guatemalan artist –
Rivera.He created it on July 4th.
using stones from StoneWater Beach (the private beach of Gardens at Waters East). In a posting soon to be published, the whole process of collecting and creating this sculpture by Rivera will be shown.