Botanical Harvest: Cottonwood (Populus spp.)

In the cold of winter, the cottonwoods keep spring wrapped up tight -- little buds waiting for just the right warmth to unfurl tiny perfect leaves.  You can smell their opening before you see it.  A dripping resinous, lush and honeyed smell like sun-warmed earth and new green things.  You might be tempted to call it the smell of spring itself.

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