(June 29, 2017)  Often asked if I have favorites on the Conservancy’s preserves, I usually state that all is beautiful and that all the flora and fauna are important.

But honestly, every year at button willow blossoming time, my will power vanishes and I have to confess to a favorite. The photo here captures it well, the button willow that is.

The Conservancy has some button willow shrubs in near-marsh locations at the Conservancy’s flagship preserve, BKS. They are spectacular. It is hard to walk past a button willow plant in bloom and not stop and take it in. At the right time, they are also a hot spot for honey bees. That is sweet as well! We need to plant some more.