There is an exuberant abundance of wildflowers blooming in marsh and meadow all along the shores of Cape Ann and here are just a few snapshots. When out and about on a wooded walk, you may notice a wonderful sweet spicy fragrance. What you are smelling is more than likely our native summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), which also goes by the common name sweet pepperbush; perhaps a more apt description of its potent and zippy honey-spice scent.
Plant summersweet for pollinators–bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies love the nectar-rich florets.
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also loved by hummingbirds
Male Northern Crescent Butterfly Basking
Female Pearl Crescent Nectaring at Milkweed