Friday, July 10, 2020


Well, one. One monarch. But more are surely coming!  

How could they resist this buffet :-D. 

Last year I planted milkweed seeds in two of the raised beds and my cousin and I transplanted 10 plants from the back field into the lavender garden.  Nine of the 10 plants came back this year with extras on the side and one of the raised beds is so packed with milkweed plants that I haven't even had to weed it all summer.

I also planted plenty of buckwheat and scattered several packets of seed mixes for butterflies, bees and birds.  There are still a few lavender plants left after three years of way too wet winters and a few volunteer sunflowers have popped up as well.  I'm just now seeing some mixed flowers and I can't wait until the whole garden is blooming!

This picture shows how many milkweeds are packed in the raised bed just outside the lavender, now known as the butterflies, birds and bees garden.

This picture maybe better shows how tall they are.

I tried (once again) to plant some vegetables this spring, Victory Garden style, and (once again) in the event of a zombie apocalypse, we're going to be some of the first folks out.  But, hey, we'll have lots of pretty flowers ;-).

Here's a new puzzle that ought to keep you busy for awhile.  Enjoy!


Karen at longwell said...

Love the pictures and the inspiration they bring me to plant milkweed and bring butterflies to my garden!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could plant milkweed. Unfortunstely, Border Terriers (My dog Joy), like to "graze." Milkweed is oxic, so I can't plant.😕 But I have loads of cone flowers and zinnias!!😊

Far Side of Fifty said...

Yeah for Milkweed! and Monarchs!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely and so critter friendly - well except for the dogs. Sorry about that.

Keep in mind that if there is a zombie apocalypse you will be a goddess. You can trade your fleece, yarn and knitted or woven items for just about anything. Food, protection, whatever you need. There will be another toilet paper crisis (ha ha sorry) so you might want to start stashing some cotton.

Actually pretty much anyone who is a “maker” will likely do better than you might think.
Chris S in Canada

Michelle said...

Thanks for the puzzle; that one was a little more challenging for me!

sophy0075 said...

I think this monarch is the first of many!

Amanda said...

So many, many cool things about monarchs, but one thing that always takes my breath away is that little line of gold on the chrysalis. Seriously, what is with that amazing bit of bling?

thecrazysheeplady said...

I love the gold!

LannieK said...

Gorgeous flowers ~ the butterflies & birds are gonna love it!

MarmePurl said...

So pretty. I started a butterfly garden this year. I hope it looks as lovely as yours next year.


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