I don't know what it took me so long…I've vowed to do this every summer and haven't followed through until this fall when I started collecting native milkweed plants. The plant pictured above is not our native but a native to tropical Africa (Asclepias Curassavica) it's a pretty plant and it seems to be visited by a host of pollinators, it also grows redily in our climate but I'm always strongly on the side of planting native species, particularly if you are planting weeds being that some plants can easily escape their boundaries and become invasive, crowding out the things that should be growing then becoming a problem so you might want to do a little research. I think this one needs too much water to get a foothold but I will most likely just remove them when the season is over.
We all know by now, the Monarch Butterflies are in trouble and I'm not going to go into a Debbie Downer litany here, I'm only going to say, if you plant the weed, they will come…..
and you will enjoy visiting your own project,
and taking a count each day of how many hungry caterpillars are munching away and you may even glimpse the "King of butterflies" (though it will be the queen) flitting about, laying eggs for a new batch.
*Even if milkweed abounds in the ditches where you are, you might want to invite some to live close to you so you can keep watch at the lovely summer events taking place.
I started growing butterflies in my studio, I'm having a blast making them and a moth, a bit of silver entomology …… now just what to do with them……brooch, pendant, ring?
Many hours later, one pretty cuff with three insects to go..
Who know's what will be next?
Flitting in the wind, Ro