A quick visit to The Frog Pond. I've seen a few more Monarchs this year than the last couple of years, but still not like "the olden times". We are working on adding more milk weed areas to the back of our farm and the neighboring farms for next year. I'm super excited about that. We all do too much mowing around here.
When we moved here in 2003, we "landscaped" around the small pond out back. I added quite a few Kentucky native plants and left some of the other "weeds" to fill in between. The single Joe Pye Weed I planted (that this butterfly is feeding on) has spread around almost half of the pond.
It's probably ten feet tall and I can see it from way up on the hill. It's a favorite!
Thistles are a conundrum. Such a pest, but so pretty and everything loves the flowers. I let them stay, but try to keep them a bit under control.
This beautiful butterfly has a beautiful blue body. Hopefully you can see it if you click to biggify.
A weed that feeds :-).
A little puzzle fun. Enjoy!