Indeed, as we watched under a blazing hot sun the stalks of some of the petunias toppled over and their blooms fell off within a matter of minutes.
The petunia was the rarest plant we saw last weekend, having been “rediscovered” in 2011 after not being seen in Georgia since 1963.
Overall, stretches of highway roadsides (including U.S. 1, 23, 82 and 301 and Ga. 177 and 121) in the vicinity of the Okefenokee and the towns of Folkston, Nahunta and Waycross can be virtual wildflower gardens this time of year.
Our long list of wild roadside blooms also included the deep pink Bartram’s rose gentian; snowy orchid; few-flowered milkweed; large-flowered marsh pink; meadow beauty (several species); and slim-leaf Barbara’s buttons, whose flower head has a stunning, swirling pattern that reminds me of a hurricane spinning over the ocean.
In the sky: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be first-quarter Wednesday. Mercury is low in the east just before dawn. Venus shines brightly in the western sky just after dark and sets about two hours later. Jupiter, the second brightest planet in the sky, is low in the west just after dark and sets a few hours later. It will appear near the moon Saturday and Sunday nights. Saturn is in the southeast just after dark.