Beach Roses (Rosa rugosa) are starting to appear, much to the delight of Bumble Bees and the chagrin of some conservationists.  This highly-invasive wildflower, which originated in Asia, gets its name from being planted in sand dunes to stabilize shorelines.

It also was planted along New England roads when it was discovered that it had a high tolerance for salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice. However, once it gets going, its dense thorns and spines can make an area painful, if not impenetrable. (Brooklin, Maine)