I’m not talking about roses. The locust trees are full of thorns. We planted seven of them around our patio because they’re fast growers, have gorgeous flowers in the spring and will make nice shade from the desert heat. Heaven knows we could use that here!
My volunteer white locust tree. It popped up last year. You can see how much it's grown.
The white trees are hardier than their counterparts are and much thornier. They’re also stronger and grow quicker. All that is fine, but it never fails that they need tending to when the wind is blowing at gale force. A stake will brake or the ties securing the tree to the stake will give way. This has happened more times than I can count.
You can see how big and sharp these thorns are. Sorry my pics are a bit blurred.
When we lived in
we had a great scrap pile. I could find
anything I wanted there for any job that would arise. Not so here.
I have to get very creative with my fixes. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been through a small
war with this tree twice already. I
don’t have the proper things in stock in the garage. I do the best I can. I fear now the stake will be going next. It’s very loose and I don’t have the strength
to pound it further into the soil or to replace it.
This is my temporary fix to keep the stake in place for now
Things crop up on a daily basis around here, so my day is rearranged all the time and seldom goes how I think it will once I get out of bed. Meanwhile, I’ve stocked up on hydrogen peroxide and bandages.