To be able to walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted is really to feel you have arrived with your garden. So far we are on the way: we can now stand beside ours.
– Mirabel Osler
I can walk under the branches of this honey locust tree. I planted this in my backyard as a bare root tree the summer after I moved into my home. I posted a photo earlier of the base of the trunk (cool vertical ribbing), which has actually gotten a lot of page views, surprisingly enough – see it here. My son asked me to pick out a locust tree when I went to the local nursery’s annual sale. I’m glad I listened to him. This tree grew rather quickly and has nicely shaded the southwest side of my home the last couple of years.
I don’t feel I have arrived with my garden yet, though. The birch, aspen and catalpa are slower to grow – and the catalpa needs to be moved after the snow melts and the earth thaws. I think that it is going to be a while before that can happen.
Happy Boxing Day to my fellow photobloggers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada!