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Kentucky Color - Another Ornamental mystery


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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Hey, this is two days in a row I've had to admit that I don't know. Must be a record for me for I was accused once of knowing more about nothing than anyone.


I however make no apologizes about not knowing ornamentals. I love'm, adore'm, admire'm, smell'm but I just don't know'm, not all of'm at any rate.

This is a really old multiple and woody stemmed shrub that has been growing in our yard since we moved to the heart of the Great Wooded South in 1956. We moved there from Toria which many argue is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our farm was nestled between Leatherwood Creek and one of its major tributaries, England Branch.

The move got us closer to town which made a closer drive for getting my Mom to work at the Circle R. In addition the move brought us into the schedule of the real world where we could listen to The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday Night. Dan Waggoner, who was dating Peggy back in those good old days said he listened to the Opry on Saturday in Columbia and would listen to it again live on Wednesday Night when he went down to Toria to pick up Peggy. - BIlly Joe Fudge


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Kentucky Color: Another Ornamental



2012-04-12 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, KY State Division of Forestry.
This is two days in a row I've had to admit that I don't know. Must be a record for me for I was accused once of knowing more about nothing than anyone. -Billy Joe Fudge
From Charles Marshburn Looks like a pyracantha to me.
From Joyce Coomer: What we called "Bridal Wreath Spirea."

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Kentucky Color: Spirea, up close



2012-04-14 - Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe Fudge created quite a stir with an article on spirea. The flowering shrub was once a mainstay of landscaping in our area, outlasting forsythia in time on stage, but in present times, the showier forsythia has maintained its place, spirea has not. A pity, many think. Up close and personal, as this Billy Joe Fudge photo illustrates, spirea has a spectacular presence.

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