A post of mine from April 2011 describes research connecting the non-native, invasive shrub Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Basically, scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven found that stands of Japanese barberry create ideal growing conditions for Lyme ticks.
Connecticut's weather cannot make up its mind. Spring began cold and wet, remained well into May, then turned hot, humid and dry. Everything waiting to bloom rapidly burst into color. Then, almost as quickly, faded.