Feb. 19, 2018

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The one issue with the basswood image was that it omitted the distinctive and interesting bracts.  Here we can see those in another shot from that day.  These help the wind disperse the fruit.  My first memory of basswood was a day when Dad and I went to see a bee tree.  It was a big old hollow basswood full of bees.  And honey.  I don't remember what that tasted like, but it is said to be very good.  Basswood flowers have a very appealing scent, and that can flavor honey.  Basswood is often planted as an ornamental, but they are a little hard to establish.