Happy birthday to a long-standing botanist friend! This one's for you.
What a delight it was to see this beautiful shrub in bloom at the water's edge. It's a black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), a pollinator magnet. The berries that appear in fall are apparently edible, but astringent enough to make one want to ... choke, hence the common name.
I read that this is a good 'insectary' plant - a simple, self explanatory word, but also surprisingly, a new word for me. Is there also such a thing as a bugary (buggery 😃), I wonder?
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