Marking the passage of time

Recently my neighbor removed a couple of trees due to sap damage and lack of maintenance by the city. (Pruning once every four to six years hardly counts as maintenance in my book.) After dealing with a break to one of my sprinkler lines as a result of stump and root removal, I was ready to plant a new tree in the area between our two properties. Following instructions and dealing with a great nursery made for a very smooth planting process–and this from a first time tree planter, too.

Purple Robe Locust Tree

Above is the newly planted tree from a 15 gallon container: Robinia x ambigua “Purple Robe” (or Purple Robe Locust Tree). It will be fun to keep tabs on its growth annually.