First a wonderful vacation with family in Colorado and Utah and a 5 day raft trip organized by our sons on the San Juan from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills. Couldn't be better!
|Not all days were like this - a 45 minute |
thunderstorm with winds blowing us
back up river.
|Most days were like this!|
- Ann O. replied that none of hers came up as well as none of her already established milkweed.
- Jennie replied that the gutter cleaners knocked her pots over and they never recovered.
- Buffy reports that hers also died.
- Jane S's also died in the end of summer drought period.
|Debbie April 27 photo|
|Mary Anne April 28 photo|
|Anne S. April 28 photo|
|Nina May 5 photo|
|Judy April 29 photo|
|Judy May 10 photo|
Look how much it has grown in such a short time.
|Judy's milkweed on May 27, 2016. |
|Sara late April photo|
|Sara May 28 photo|
And I went back to 'Bringing Nature Home' - we were fortunate to have Doug Tallamy speak in Charleston last year. Such a great speaker and I knew I would find something there.
"...The degree to which your neighborhood interacts with the monarch butterfly is limited only by your imagination. I can think of no better way to reconnect with nature than to adopt a species such as the monarch, or any number of plant and bird species with declining populations Being part of a group that successfully restores the local population of a species in trouble will not only build camaraderie with your neighbors, but may be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you will ever do."I think all in our group would agree with that!
To be continued soon....
Spring 2017 and our milkweeds are prospering. Kathy has hers in pots on her driveway in order to get enough sun. This is April 30 and they are up and looking like they are forming early blooms.
|Kathy's pot sits outside her garage doors.|
Lots of bottom heat from the pavers.
|Another shot of Kathy's from the top.|