So this girl is on her way south. I read that monarchs born so late in the season don’t mate but intuitively head to Mexico to overwinter, beginning the process of procreation again in spring. I’m glad I brought her in bc we had heavy rain and wind, followed by a near frost. The garage provided protection but not so much warmth as to be deceptive. Yesterday morning, she warmed herself in the sun shining thru the garage windows. When the thermometer reached 46 and she was active in the netted cage, I released her into the brilliant sunshine. She flew up to a branch where she continued to ready herself for travel, gently pumping her wings and soaking up the warm sun rays. She was gone an hour later but in an odd twist, as I drove south myself later that afternoon, a monarch flew in front of my windshield, many miles from home. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was her since monarch migration has passed and I’d not seen any in some time. Either way, it was cool to play a small part in this miracle of nature and it’s pleasing to see these special monarchs innately traveling to their homelands which they’ve never even been to. I hope they find nutrition and favorable conditions on their harrowing journeys. #monarchbutterfly#nature#miracleofnature#natureswonder#monarch#butterfly#journeys#youcanmakeadifference#savethemonarchs
This beautiful pod produced a whole lot of Showy Milkweed seeds! I separated the seeds from the fluff by shaking a paper bag with a few coins, then tearing a little corner of the bag to let the seeds fall out. My sister @shelly.gilliam will be planting a patch in Yamhill County, and I will have plenty of starters to give away to friends this spring. I thought the pods were so pretty I saved them, too. ✨
Still have two butterflies to release, but I fear it’s getting to cold. This girl had a hard time flying away and I never figured out why. The only thing I can think of is the cold has some how “damaged” her #monarchs#monarchbutterfly#savethemonarchs
Made a quick stop at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center. They manage most of the City of McAllen’s efforts related to Monarch Conservation. McAllen is a designated Champion City with Mayor’s Monarch Pledge program from the National Wildlife Federation. Visited with their Marketing & Events Manager and could have stayed there ALL DAY. ❤️🦋love my New t-shirt! @quintamazatlan#savethemonarchs#monarchsmatter
We grow native flowers to support the symbiotic relationships between native plants and other creatures.
The classic example of this is the relationship between milkweed and monarch butterflies. For years, landowners across the United States saw milkweed as an invasive, undesirable plant. Many tried to eradicate it from their properties, and many were successful. Unfortunately we tend to learn about symbiotic relationships due to a crisis, and the declining monarch butterfly populations is indeed a crisis for the species. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants, and it is the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars. Without dense patches of milkweed plants across vast areas, monarchs don’t have the habitat that they need in order to thrive.
The positive news is that thousands of people across the country are now ADDING milkweed to their gardens, rather than removing it.
There are many more symbiotic relationships between plants and other creatures, many of which are yet to be discovered!
H O N O R : Seed Bombs! For when you’re ready to start growing.
I’m a big fan of guerrilla gardening. It’s the practice of planting and beautifying neglected land. It can happen from small urban spaces to country roadsides. It’s so easy and fun to do that even kids love it. Just throw your Seed Bombs into an area that needs a little love. The seeds I’ve chosen love a cold winter rest before growing in the spring. So the best time to plant them is with the first snow. As the snow melts, it’ll drag the seeds down into the soil for the winter. Each ball is a nutrient-dense mix of three kinds of compost that seeds love combined with high organic matter and clay. To that I added lots of seeds.
I have two kinds available. First, I have Milkweed Seed Bombs full of Common Milkweed seeds to help save the monarch butterflies. Learn more about this movement from www.saveourmonarchs.org. Second, I have Forager’s Delight Seed Bombs full of some of my favorite wild plants to come across: Elder, Mullein, Poke, and Blue Vervain. (The Poke seeds were saved from the poke paint I made at Mabon for you all.)
Honor. Grow. Rebel.
Got milkweed? We have plenty of #commonmilkweed seeds to share from the #MonarchWaystation in front of our headquarters building. Stop by and grab a few seeds if you want to try growing your own milkweed for the monarchs next year! If you need assistance, come during office hours (Monday through Friday 8-4:30). #savethemonarchs#sharingiscaring#cwpd
I had the pleasure of sharing the monarch magic with the sweetest little ones at St. Mark’s Day School! They learned all about the jobs of the caterpillar, checked out a real chrysalis, and said “Adios!” to two monarchs before their long trip to Mexico! These amazing students and teachers have already committed to planting native milkweed on the Fletcher Hartz Nature Trail this spring! We can’t wait to share our seeds with such a wonderful community! #monarchmagic#savethemonarchs#quinnteachinggardens@stmarkslr@episcopalcollegiateschool
🌱✨ They’re so magical! While there’s no shortage of milkweed on our homestead, I love to scoop out the silky seeds and feel them between my fingers before releasing them into wind... a favorite Fall pastime!
And if you’ve got dried milkweed pods, now is the time to collect them for making ornaments! (Swipe the picture <— to see the finished product!) Full instructions for these really adorable rustic Santas deep somewhere in my blog!
Monarch in my garden! 😍 I’m a little star struck, honestly. This one must be thirsty because it allowed me to hang with it for a while and take pictures. The Gulf Fritillary was a bit more skittish. My monarch friend enjoyed the Greg’s Mist and Zinnia flowers. The community garden ladies call Greg’s Mist “butterfly crack”, so I of course had to have some. Mine were propagated from community garden cuttings. #monarchbutterflies#monarchmigration
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Did you know that monarch butterflies travel between 1,200 and 2,800 miles or more from the United States and Canada to central Mexican forests. These beautiful butterflies fly through Texas twice a year...they are here NOW 🦋!!! #harvestbettertogether#monarchbutterfly#savethemonarchs
Ok, I finally was able to record (in time-lapse)one of the Monarch larvae pupating. I think it’s amazing, but some folks might be grossed out? My daughter just informed me this is her least favorite part to watch. That said, works best if you do little teeny tiny cheers of “go go go!” while watching this! .
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