monarch mania

I was so excited when I came home for lunch yesterday and saw a monarch butterfly zipping around the zinnias out front. This is the first monarch I’ve seen, despite our milkweed plants growing really nicely. I went over to check out the milkweeds to see if I saw any eggs and I think that I do!

Possible monarch egg

I’m not 100% sure that this is an egg, but it looks likely! I hope it is!

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pod person

My milkweed plants are growing and sprouting pods!

Milkweed pods

Last year the plants didn’t get large enough to flower, but this year several of them are doing quite well!

Milkweed pods

I haven’t seen any butterflies around them, and the leaves are distinctly uneaten, so I am guessing that they didn’t attract any monarchs. There are several smaller plants that didn’t flower this year, so hopefully in future years I’ll have enough that butterflies are more likely to visit. These plants are also helping to fill in the bed on the side of the garage, so the more of them there are, the fewer weeds I have to pull!

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milkweed

The milkweed that was here when we moved in has survived! It’s been mistreated – nearly dug up and/or run over while the walkways were being put in, not to mention the jostling it got when we pulled out the wisteria last year.

Milkweed

I’ve got three good-sized plants of it growing, and they’re even flowering this year!

Milkweed

The blossoms are looking pretty droopy here due to the extremely high temperatures we’ve been experiencing.

Milkweed

I haven’t seen any monarchs or eggs yet, but hopefully they will come eventually!

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