Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) in Battery Park, beside the Hudson River. Under the Cornelian cherries were dozens of school kids, just out of the nearby Stuyvesant High School, congregating and trading insults, smoking pot, looking suspiciously at my camera.
We had just come from nearby Tear Drop Park, where I'd wanted to check to see if the Juneberries shadblow amalenchier were in bloom. Not even close. There was still some snow in corners. But what was flowering? Winter hazel.
Below, farther east, winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, in the Mfinda Kalunga Community Garden. An inconspicuous flower, conspicuous, audible scent.
And too early for the daffodils of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. I shall return.