Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure.
Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden:
I couldn't find any pics of the pink, but here's a cool shot:
I'm big on feeding the pollinators since they really help me out. We plant for the humming birds, finches, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects, sometimes by accident. I missed picking the leeks, so they flowered. Now I plant a patch for me and some for them.
I watched a bee make his way around a sunflower last year, collecting pollen as he went. I call this "Drunk on Pollen".
We moved the garden to higher ground and added more plants. I can't wait to see what comes to visit this year!