Saturday, December 5, 2015
Months ago I discovered a volunteer mesquite coming up in the back yard.
Now, while the garden area is meant to be well-tended and civilized, we have 2.5 acres of more or less raw desert. It had been cleared prior to our purchase, but of course plenty of weeds have shown up since. Given the very rural nature of the neighborhood, my plan is to encourage a wilder - but designed - look through the rest of the property, so I was elated at the arrival of a mesquite tree in a good spot. Recently I gave it a first pruning to encourage more of a tree-form. Like many other desert trees, it would just as soon grow as a tangled shrub, but mesquites (in this case Prosopis velutina) can also make striking specimen trees when well grown. I like the possibilities in this multi-trunked form.