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Kentucky Color: Locust Winter
By Billy Joe Fudge
The Great Wooded South is located here in the Northern Temperate Zone of the Southeastern United States. Our Spring weather as might be expected, vacillates back and forth between warm, early Summer-like temperatures and cool, late Winter-like temperatures. During most years these cool spells are perfectly correlated with the mass flowering of three native pioneer species of hardwood trees; Redbud first, Dogwood second and thirdly, Black Locust.
This year has been no exception. Redbud and Dogwood blooms were timed perfectly with the first two major Spring, cool snaps and this Derby Day weekend's cool, Winter-like weather is right in the middle of the Great Wooded South's Black locust bloom.
The beauty, fragrance and importance of the Black locust bloom are all three under appreciated. The beauty in my opinion is unmatched outside the tropics, the fragrance at its zenith will melt the hardest heart and the nectar produces a very desirable, fruity and fragrant honey.
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