Monday, April 7, 2014

THE TREE #2 - profile


This is the second 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 and future postings in proper perspective.  It will be helpful.

Winter photo showing tree profile
photo taken morning April 7, 2014

Adding to that information posted on the 7th, here is a little more as we prepare for the first signs of Spring when this Locust tree begins life anew.
The typical Locust can live 100 – 120 years which is fairly long for a tree that can be easily damaged in strong winds.  The special Honey Locust in the Gardens at Waters East was damaged in a strong wind storm in 2010 loosing one of it three main branches.  However when you look at it today, the damage is not noticeable.  The good-looking form is still there.

The form is good in spite of the damage from three years ago

Despite its name, the Honey Locust is not a significant honey plant.  The name derives from the sweet taste of the legume pulp, which was used for food by Native American people, and it can also be fermented to make a beer. In an upcoming posting there will be photos of the seedpods where this pulp is found.

If you wish to look at other blogs from around the world which are doing similar monthly tree postings.  click on:

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.


  1. That tree is a beautiful photo subject.

  2. I love the photo's of The Tree, beautiful.

  3. Gosh, I learned something new! One can make beer from the legume pulp of Honey Locusts! Now that would be fun to try! Great photos, as always!