Monday, July 7, 2014


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.

Hope you enjoy your visit to THE TREE

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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 stone sculpture is beautiful! Our short distance makes a big difference in the leafing of the Honey Locusts, it seems. Ours have been leafed out since May! But part of that might be because of the effects of Lake Michigan, and also the fact that ours are established trees. That first shot of your tree is stunning--with the mist of Lake Michigan in the background!

  2. Enjoyed the locust in its glory. We have them too. But, that groundhog in the tree,.,,we've got two of them, eating rose buds and anything else in bud. Never knew they could climb trees, which explains other things!

  3. Loved the story of your honey locust. Ours lives by the quarry garden, providing shade for visitors. I never knew groundhogs could climb trees, goodness, now I'll have to look up as well as down when in search of them. The stone sculptures are gorgeous!

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