As Rich noted, sunny roadsides and their water-filled ditches can provide excellent habitat for numerous native plants — although they sometimes face wipeout from roadside mowing and maintenance.
Several “significant botanical finds” in Georgia have been made over the years from roadside botanizing, Rich said.
In our six-car caravan, we followed Rich and his wife Anita on the highways, using extra caution to safely pull off when Rich spied some interesting wildflowers. One of the most beautiful flowers was the pine lily along a Brantley County road. But the most significant find was at another pull-off when Heather Brasell in our group called Rich’s attention to a greenish yellow flower — the uncommon savanna milkweed.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen it,” an elated Rich said. “Just goes to show you can always find something new.”
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be new on Thursday. Mercury is low in the west at dusk. Venus rises in the east about two hours before dawn and will appear near the moon on Monday. Mars rises in the east at dusk. Jupiter and Saturn are high in the southeast after dark.