I thought this was just a cute term for something that didn't otherwise have a name. I was wrong.
|"WhatNot - Standing sets of shelves for displaying ornaments and |
souvenirs first appeared in the early 1800's."
In addition I also found myself eyeing up homes in Toronto. So many houses are made of brick in Ontario, a material not used much here in PEI, and it always attracts my attention.
And because I can't help myself, I eyed up all the gardens in the front yards. So many people made such great use of the space available. I was impressed at every turn.
|Accommodating both a walkway and a driveway but there's still room for flowers!|
I particularly liked this raised seating area with just enough space left between the stones to create planting spots. I imagine the plants will eventually grow large enough to provide screening between seating areas.
Wandering through a park in the city we came across a tree that instantly caught my attention. I liked the small leaves and their fine appearance.
I have been contemplating for some time the idea of planting Honey Locust trees on our property. Although I have never seen one in person I liked the description of an open tree that allows plenty of light to stream though to plants underneath. Imagine my surprise then when I saw a plaque on this tree identifying it as Gleditsia triacanthos or Honey Locust. What a pleasant surprise to be able to view a mature tree. It is as lovely as I had thought.
But I am still unsure about planting it. These trees tend to grow rapidly and reproduce via suckers which can be troublesome to a degree. However, we do have a large property and having wood for harvest in the future would be a positive aspect. Another issue is that while the tree is native to Ontario it is not native in PEI. I'm not against having exotic species but trees take so long to grow and take up so much space that having a native plant that will provide for insects and wildlife over the course of many years seems to make more sense. I will have to think about this for a while yet. Has anyone else planted Honey Locust in their yards? What is your experience?