Hugh Nourse provides the following regarding the SBG. <Editorial Comment - it is always wort stopping by and checking out the SBG if you are in the general Athens vicinity and even worth making a trip there just to visit - RPR.>
In the middle of February Anemone americana (round-lobed liverleaf) was blooming. It was shortly followed by Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot). Since then, the Thalicatrum thalictroides (rue anemone) is now in full flower. common blue violets are almost gone, but mayapple is now budding, and this weekend we found our first blooming Geranium maculatum (wild geranium). All of these plants were on the trail system outside of the garden.
In the Dunson Native Plant Garden we have Trillium persistens (Edna's trillium), Trillium discipiens (Chattahoochee trillium), and Trillium cuneatum. The sharp-lobed liverleaf bloomed briefly a week or so ago. The cutleaf toothworts (Dentaria concatanata) and spring beauties (Claytonia caroliniana) bloomed together. At the same time trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) bloomed. As they now are fading, the Erythronium americanum is now blooming, as are wood poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) and Mertensia virginica.
But our rarest find, and we believe a new record for Clarke County, is Corydalis flavula (harlequin). Linda Chafin identified it for us. The interesting point here is that they have come up in the floodplain in which privet has been exterminated to see what would happen. There are lots of green stems that are box elder (Acer negundo) throughout the area, but there are also very large patches of the harlequin. The herbarium reports it from only three counties in Georgia, but I know it was seen at the monastery in Conyers.