Syringia vulgaris, common lilac (common ornamental used around homes like hydrangea)
Thanks again to Dee De Santis for providing a great array of photos from this past Sunday’s Bergen County Audubon Society Mother’s Day Walk at DeKorte Park. Yesterday we posted some of Dee’s fauna photos. Now it’s time for the flora to shine! Captions about the plants by the NJSEA’s own Gaby Bennett-Meany.
Calycanthus floridus, eastern sweetshrub, allspice (native shrub with highly fragrant twigs, leaves, and flowers. The flowers are deep red to maroon in color)
photinia pyrifolia, red chokeberry (deciduous shrub, native to eastern North America, beneficial to wildlife)
Barbarea vulgaris, garden yellow-rocket (common weed along highways and in fields noticeable for the bright yellow flowers one of the first spring bloomers)
Hesperis matronalis, Dame’s rocket (same as yellow rocket – common weed along highways and in fields noticeable for the bright purple flowers one of the first spring bloomers)
Based on the overcast conditions, the William D. McDowell Observatory public viewing session tonight (Wednesday, May 16) has been cancelled. The next public viewing night is Wednesday, May 23, from 8 to 10:30 pm.