Most of you have read many statistics about the plummeting number of monarch butterflies in the United States, Canada and Mexico, their migration site. According to a January, 2014 USA Today report, “The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993.”
Each of us can do something to help reverse monarch numbers and assure that there will be monarchs in our future. And that is … plant milkweed … the only plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs. The lack of milkweed, the monarchs’ host plant, is an important factor in their drastically declining numbers, along with urban sprawl, extreme weather, new farming practices and illegal logging in the butterflies’ winter habitat in Mexico.
Last summer, I had the pleasure of strolling through Cantigny Park in Wheaton, where the floral displays are always spectacular.
Need a little inspiration or just a break from weeding? Garden walks abound this time of year, and there’s plenty to see.
I am writing to reach out to humanity, if there is anyone left as of May 1. If you find this note, please take it to the ...
I pay close attention to the plants in my garden that attract a lot of bees. I don’t know the names of all the bees in my yard,
They don’t look alike. Not even close. But kinfolk come in all shapes and sizes. True of people and true of plants.