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It’s Glow Time

April 14, 2012


The weather report for today promised rain … but it’s been merely overcast; the sun’s been playing hide and seek with the lowering clouds all day. The silver — okay,  gold — lining to all this cloudiness is how the light filters through the leaves of our Honey locust tree. One of a very few trees we’ve added to the landscape, our Honey locust’s show of frilly golden goodness is short-lived. But on a day like today it’s especially lovely: The leaves tremble delicately in the light breeze, and the sun’s glow is intensified to almost painful levels as it passes through their yellow-green translucence …


Our Honey locust loses its leaves early, looking threadbare and pokey most of the year … This makes the Spring gold-show that much more precious … Priceless, really.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 11:54 pm

    You take the most glorious pictures.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 15, 2012 12:17 am

      I appreciate it, thanks!

  2. Guida permalink
    April 15, 2012 12:50 am

    What a beautiful tree.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 15, 2012 4:27 am

      I think so, too… I just wish the show lasted longer!

  3. April 15, 2012 5:59 am

    How early is early? Just curious, like early fall or in the summer?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 15, 2012 6:18 am

      Loree, like just after Spring, the tree starts looking not-so-great…
      I keep hoping it will change; maybe this year it will keep its foliage year-round …

  4. April 16, 2012 3:23 pm

    Is this Robinia p. Frisia? I’ve seen that showy beauty in many exceptional gardens but hadn’t realized it presented this problem. Your tree is the young one? Wondering if the first photo is another, mature tree? I also wonder how much a warmer climate might affect the growing habit, as I seen the tree flourish in the Pacific NW.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 16, 2012 3:45 pm

      Hi, there, I’m sorry I don’t know if this tree is a Robinia p. Frisia, but we’ve had this tree for about 2 years now; here’s the post I did about its arrival and installation:

      By the way; both pictures are of the same tree, taken at the same time … For the close-up I was under the tree, shooting toward the underside of a much more shaded tree for contrast. Thanks for your comment!

  5. April 19, 2012 2:55 am

    test comment here Rueben..

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 19, 2012 3:52 am

      It’s working! How’re you doing?

  6. dustin permalink
    April 19, 2012 3:29 am

    Hi there, I love this tree too. Gleditsia triacanthos var. enermis. So late to flush out but worth the wait. If only this coincided with Jacaranda bloom. Maybe with climate change it will!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 19, 2012 3:53 am

      Wow! Jacaranda violet with this yellow-green would stop traffic for sure … thanks for commenting, Dustin


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