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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2014 5:36 PM CST
I saw this story and it's sad...not very surprising to me, however.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/monarch-butterflies-drop-migrati...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Gleni
Feb 1, 2014 4:34 AM CST
That is terribly sad. Sad Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 6, 2014 5:41 PM CST
Crying Crying Crying

I've gotten some native milkweed seeds for my area this year & will be planting that. I sure hope I can get all of the seeds to germinate. I was only allowed to purchase 1 pkg. of 10 seeds as they are in such short supply.
Of course, mine won't help the migrating monarchs as we are not on the migration route but they may decide to begin overwintering here close to the Gulf.

I have read often that the milkweed does best if you plant the seeds directly in the ground rather than raise them in pots & then plant in ground. What I've been reading says if you raise them in pots & then plant in ground, they usually don't make it through the first year enough for you to collect seeds from them. Any thoughts Linda?
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Feb 7, 2014 1:19 PM CST
I start some in pots to be planted in the ground later, but plant others directly in the ground. The Antelope Horns kind that is native here definitely does better planted directly in the ground, since they do the deep taproot.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 7, 2014 7:10 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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