I've been saving this pic for just the right day and today's it! This wild rhododendron of the Pine Barrens is known by a few names: Swamp Azalea, Swamp Honeysuckle, or my personal favorite: Clammy Azalea. The flowers are very fragrant and covered with tiny hairs that give it the *clammy* name. They are said to fill the gap between when Swamp Magnolia and Sweet Pepperbush bloom, filling Pine Barrens swamps with fragrance from May through September. I didn't find Swamp Magnolia in bloom this Spring, but Sweet Pepperbush was just waking up on my last visit to the Barrens.
The weather here in NJ has been lovely so far this season; today is the first day that it's been clammy and summerlike. How's the weather by you? Are you looking forward to the heat and humidity?
a return Visit
10 months ago