Some wildflower experts say that another delicate little native flower, the pinkish flowered trailing arbutus, rivals hepatica as the earliest wild bloomer. But most flower enthusiasts agree that hepatica is the earliest of the truly showy woodland wildflowers.
The early bloomers are only a prelude for the spectacle that’s coming in another month or so, when dozens of dazzling native wildflower species begin showing off their splendor and continue through May.
To see the unfolding display, take regular walks over the next few months along some of the scores of wildflower trails in Georgia’s state and local parks, wildlife management areas, national recreation areas, and so on.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon next week will “shrink” from full to last quarter by Friday. Only two planets are visible now: Venus is low in the west just after dark and sets about two hours later. Mars is low in the east about two hours before dawn.