Within a week and for about a week after, expect the heavy scent of blooming sweet bay. They will overpower the lighter, cinnamon scent of the swamp roses which are now blooming on bushes throughout the creek.
Finally, the clematis crispa vines are bearing buds and flowers. This black swallowtail butterfly was taking its fill of nectar from a bloom. With the pinxster azaleas going to seed, the clematis blossoms may keep these butterflies on the creek.
Blue flag iris and pickerel weed add bright blue color to the landscape, but they are usually in sunny pockets behind the shrubs and trees at water’s edge.
And within two weeks, masses of false dragonhead blossoms will be seen along the creek.