Dogs, Gardening, Life, Nature

Butterflies!

This will be a short read.  I almost slept through my alarm.  I got to bed at a decent time but more storms rolled through.  The kids started around 3am this time.  So I don’t know if I am coming or going.

I was exploring our back jungle (also known as the backyard) yesterday and I found that I had caterpillars on four of my milkweed plants.  I an so very excited!  For those of you who don’t know milkweed is a plant that feeds Monarch butterflies exclusively.  The plant makes them taste bitter so that predators don’t eat them and they can complete their annual flight.  A lot of people don’t recognize what milkweed is and does so they will pull it as a common weed.  I know I did for the first few years we lived here.  Now I get more plants every year.  This year though I seem to have a bumper crop.  Over 30 plants.  Thankfully all the rain has made the plants grow large and quickly.  Past years have been too dry for them to even bud.  This year I have bud clumps the size of my fist!  When I took the kids out this morning after breakfast I noticed that some of the buds are beginning to flower!

And the clock tells me I need to get moving.  I hope everyone has a great day!

 

 

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