White Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle are pretty but, to be honest, I have noticed them mostly when their flowers are still closed.  This year I’ve had a greater opportunity to look at the opened flowers as I came along the river paths.  I’ve already posted about the red flowers so here are some white.

Blooming Lilacs

Not much more to say.  The lilac is lovely, both in its blooms and fragrance.  I have a suspicious feeling I’m allergic to its pollen but its worth some sneezing and scratchy eyes for the beauty and smell it brings.


This lilac is about to burst open with all of the other flowering shrubs.  It’s been wet for a few days and there is a moist earthy smell everywhere.  It is being overlaid by the smell of blossom everywhere and I can’t wait for the lilac to join in.

Shrub Blossom

These small pink buds have appeared on a shrub that is a favorite of the finches and sparrows, it’s so dense.  The pink is striking up close but it was surprisingly hard to see from even a few feet away.

Wet Sumac

The staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina )provides a nice splash of color near the run-off pond.  The leaves are gone and the tall grass and weeds are all brown and tan.  But the red and orange fruit of the sumac stands out still.  I hadn’t noticed how interesting the parts of the fruit – the drupes …