Wildflower gardens can also expect to full of living color soon, including the brilliant white of trilliums.
Master gardener Janice Bradshaw said a few area nurseries offer wildflowers, but a permit is needed to sell them and they can be hard to transplant. Bradshaw said that is why she is an advocate for keeping some wooded areas in a natural setting so people have a chance to see those flowers and plants.
Hepaticas, a little purple flower about the size of a dime, is an early spring arrival and should be venturing about four inches above the bed of fallen oak leaves. Those without wildflower gardens will have to take a trek through a wooded path to see the delicate early blooms that indicate a woodland spring.
"It'll be any time now that we'll start seeing those," Bradshaw said.
She plans to take a look this weekend to see whether the purple flowers are ready to herald a true seasonal change.
Bradshaw said: "That's when I really know spring is here."
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