Monday, July 16, 2012

A couple of years ago, Pat and I went to a native plant sale and seminar. The speaker introduced us to swamp milkweed, that’s asclepias incarnata to you Latin speakers. I would have guessed swampus milkweekicus, but what do I know. Back to the story. The speaker promised pretty flowers, bees, and butterflies. So we bought couple of these thin little plants, hoping for the best. I’m always excited and nervous about new plants. Hope always spring eternal in gardening. I’ll move a plant as often as it needs to find the right spot, but it has to survive that first planting.
I shouldn’t have worried about these guys. They attracted bees and butterflies from the first bloom.  Two little sticks have turned into the patch we have now. The milkweed patch literally buzzes with non-stop activity. All right, all right, I know that’s a pun, but what other word should I have used? There are so many bees hanging out in the milkweed that you can hear their wings buzzing.














4 comments:

Sadun blogi - Satu's blog said...

How beautiful butterflies! We don't have so many and so beautiful butterflies here in Finland. We have few Knight butterflies, but it's the only bigsized and so colourful. I've seen that butterfy once in my life, so there aren't many of them...

Thanks for visiting my blog and joining it.

Satu

debsgarden said...

I really like your purple milkweed. I have an orange variety, which the pollinators love. I think purple would be a perfect companion!

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Great captures of butterflies. Hope y'all are having a great summer!

Shady Gardener said...

Your swamp milkweed looks wonderful! My son shared seedlings last Fall. I hope they make it through our summer. It's soooo hot and dry. But your ligularia plants are growing and making me happy!