A Favorite Tree

This Contorted Locust (Robinia Crispa) tree, reminds me of a low-growing mango tree I used to climb with my brother. It was friendly like this locust, with horizontal branches, easy to reach. It also had a bushy character, great for hiding out. Mangoes too, of course!

I love the cascading, bright green leaves, which are almost translucent on a sunny day. The leaf form also reminds me of one of my favorite flowers, amaranthus, which you can see hanging sweetly from this bouquet of pink peonies, roses, lisianthus and coral fern.