A few days ago, I was given a wide variety of Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly to feast upon. . I was absolutely thrilled! I had no idea there were that many different types of Milkweed,!!! I spent a few days scoping out the garden to find the perfect spot to plant them.
Somehow,, Milkweed seems almost sacred in the plant world. The saving grace to the Monarch that is slowly losing its’ habitat. It is more than just planting another flower or bulb, it is planting a life saving food source to keep the Monarch Butterfly around for my children’s children.
Whoa. That’s deep.
But seriously, I do hold Milkweed in a very high esteem. I really do treasure the idea that somehow,; little me can be a part of saving the Monarch Butterfly.
So I found the perfect spots…..among wildflowers, Heirloom Iris, Sunflowers, Zinnias and other free range volunteers. There is a large 200 year old Live Oak tree hat is next to the wild plot of earth, so the Butterflies will have access to water,, and a shady place to rest or sleep.
There are few plants that have a such a depth associated with them. The depth comes from an inner satisfaction of knowing you are helping something survive. Milkweed is something to invest in. Check your local native garden shops for unique varieties. Milkweed seems best suited for carefree gardens…..perfect for your heirloom flowers too.
Life is beautiful, , my friends. Happy gardening!