We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When you drive around the northeastern US in late May-early June, the blooming Black Locust trees are everywhere. Their white flower bunches put on a good show and stand out strongly from the green background - the locust trees are a big puff of white.
As a tree which is not native to the northeast, it is often considered a weed tree. An illegal alien, as it were. The are fast-growing, and tend to form stands which crowd out native trees. Pleasant glades, however.
Black Locust was transplanted to the north because locust makes the best, longest-lasting fence posts and fence rails. 50 years. It still does.
I have a stand of these trees in my side yard, this week millions of those white petals started shedding on my car, patio and everything else within 50 yards. Looks as if it snowed overnight. They tend to stick to whatever they land on and as they rot they leave a stain.
I hate them.
Black Locust is also a favored bee tree...bees work the blooms like crazy in good years - and make a very light flavored - white honey. It sometimes tends to crystallize early. Black locust is also a high BTU fuel - we love it in our wood furnace.