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Sep 26, 2015 6:24 AM CST
|We have had so many species of birds and insects due to a variety of native plants, vegetables, and herbs flowering throughout each summer, to find Monarch Butterflies, several other species of butterflies, such as Swallowtails, making their way all over my gardens. The riot of colors and movement creates such a marvelous rhythm to behold and treasure each and every day. We can hear the buzz of hummingbirds as well as the various songs and chirps of several species of birds. We get to feast our eyes and ears on this during our brief summers, all too brief, so all the more appreciated here in Minnesota.
Best wishes to all..!!
Sep 26, 2015 9:12 AM CST
|Your garden sounds like a wonderful place to be.|
Oct 22, 2015 9:16 PM CST
|I have some milkweed seed, showy milkweed-asclepias speciosa, but I am concerned it might be invasive. I am in Oregon, not a Monarch migration path but I just want more plants to attract beneficial insects. Should I be concerned?
Oct 23, 2015 5:40 AM CST
It looks to me like Asclepias speciosa is a western native, and its distribution is encouraged. If it were me I'd plant plenty of it.
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