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The Whitehurst Diaries: October flowering of cherry tree, Gradyville, KY

And the miracles don't stop with the frothy cover of white blooms on the neighbor's cherry tree; a trumpet vine trussed crabapple on the Whitehurst place is blooming, too. The diarists seeks answers, comments, for a question which may stump even Billy Joe Fudge: Why? What's going on here?
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Last Sunday, October 9, 2011, as I walked with a Gradyville neighbor around her dooryard, she pointed out an old cherry tree near the hen yard, its leafless branches sporting a froth of white bloom. We marveled together over this strange autumnal flowering.

I plod past the old crab apple tree here several times each day, going to and from the barn to feed Willis and Co and to dole out grain to Pebbles the Horse. On my rounds I keep making the mental "note to self" that I must do something about the trumpet vine which is determinedly clambering up the trunk of the crabapple.

Pegging out a wash today at nearly noon, I found the sun slanting directly into my eyes, so faced the other way to finish my task.

This put me in line with the crab apple tree, at which point I noticed her unseasonal adornment of pink blossoms.

My friend of the cherry tree is not "from here"--although she and her family have "been here" many more years than have Jim and I. She has never witnessed the cherry tree in such an out of character mode. Is this autumn flowering of fruit trees a "once in a blue moon" happening? A portent of a strange winter to come?I'd appreciate feedback from your venerable followers who are long time observers of seasons and weather. -SHARON WHITEHURST

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Strange bloomings in Gradyville, KY

2011-10-18 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
This crabapple blossom appeared on October 17, 2011, a phenomenon which has perplexed Sharon Whitehurst.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Strange bloomings - Big picture

2011-10-18 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
This photo is jury trial quality proof that of crabapples in October in Gradyville, KY, a sigogglin reminder of the greatest campaign slogan in history, when candidate for Mayor of Columbia Squaredeal Downey promised to make the roses bloom in January. He won, but as if, just to spite him, the weather deities sent Columbia three years of Siberian winters, just six days after the Inauguration was over and the World's Largest Chili Bowl failed to make it into either the Guinness Book of World Records, though it will live forever in the more important World Record Book of Guinnesses. Then again, it could be a sign of the second coming of Al Gore and the re-invention of the internet.

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