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The Whitehurst Diaries: Old Timey Pear blooms early
'Last year the blossoms came too early and were nipped by frost. We hope the towering centenarian will be loaded with fruit this season.' -SHARON WHITEHURST, March 18, 2012 post
Click on headline for diary entry, dateline, Gradyville, KY, March 15, 2012, with accompanying photo(s)
By Sharon Whitehurst
According to Haskell Rogers, who is not far from his own centenary, the Old Timey [Kieffer] pear tree in the accompanying photos was well established when he moved to the Gradyville area as a boy.
Riding the 'back way' to Campbellsville, today I was struck by how many of these old trees there are in this part of Kentucky.
The trees lack the symmetry of the ornamental Bradford Pear, instead flinging out branches which scrabble wildly at odd angles.
The photos were taken at dusk on Wednesday evening, March 14, 2012, showing the gaunt old tree against the fading sunset, with closeups of the cool fragrant blooms.
Last year the blossoms came too early and were nipped by frost. We hope the towering centenarian will be loaded with fruit this season. Sharon Whitehurst
A note: More and more people appear to be appreciating this comforting yesteryear fruit tree, the subject of several Sharon Whitehurst essays, and Old Timey Pear Proponent BJ Fudge, who crusades to have tree proclaimed the National Fruit Tree of Adair County, KY. -CM
This story was posted on 2012-03-18 08:16:00
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