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Grow Milkweed and Help Save the Monarch Butterflies

By dave
September 23, 2015

Could the monarchs one day actually go extinct? It's not unheard of. The loss of milkweed is directly related to the loss of monarchs. Let's all grow milkweed and preserve this majestic species of butterfly.

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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Sep 23, 2015 8:49 AM CST
My wife's grandfather, born in 1898, was one of the most interesting men I'll ever know. He was of native American descent, and seemed to know everything about the woodlands, the animals which thrived there, and the native plants that grew in abundance on his property. Among the plants one stands out in my memory; the milkweed! He used the white, sticky sap from a broken leaf node as a medication for corns and calluses on his feet.

Now, I don't know if this ever worked or not, but I do know many of the remedies, recipes and ideas he passed on to us are still used by some. For us our favorite is sassafras tea made from the roots of said tree. "Grandpa", as we called him, was almost like a walking encyclopedia about things from his native American heritage. Sadly he passed away in 1986 leaving us with some pretty great lessons about the natural world of plants. This is a photo of the milkweed he loved. I'm sure we can learn much more about this wonderful plant, and the other cultivars in the genus.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 23, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Wow! You're so lucky to have had a grandfather like that...a true naturalist!
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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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Sep 23, 2015 4:27 PM CST
Linda, yes he was. He was always proud of his heritage as a descendant of native American ancestors. He often told me that, "the Great Spirit placed us here to care for the land, and to use the resources from it wisely". Those were not his exact words, but that is essentially what he meant. He truly lived by this principle. I could go on and on.
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Sep 23, 2015 5:27 PM CST
Leon, I'm sure some of the members would like to read those stories. I would! Maybe you could write an Idea for the front page like Sharon does with her Aunt Bett stories. I would love to hear more about his knowledge of plants.
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
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TBGDN
Sep 23, 2015 6:45 PM CST
I'll sure give it some thought; maybe for the cold weather months. But, I put Sharon's work at the front of the class! Smiling
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Sep 23, 2015 7:16 PM CST
mellielong said:Leon, I'm sure some of the members would like to read those stories. I would! Maybe you could write an Idea for the front page like Sharon does with her Aunt Bett stories. I would love to hear more about his knowledge of plants.


I second this! I love learning about Native American teachings and things that enlighten us about all of the possibilities found right in nature, without all of the tinkering with chemicals that we humans are fond of doing.
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Lilies
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TBGDN
Sep 24, 2015 5:55 AM CST
I'm flattered. I must be honest that my writing skills are somewhat lacking, and might not get published. But I'll keep an open mind. Thanks for your confidence.
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