Awaiting Royalty

I love my garden in June.

It’s full of surprises.

Today after I finished mowing the lawn, I looked around for a spot in the garden that might need some attention. I started weeding around the green onions in one of the raised beds only to discover I’d upset an ant colony. I quickly vacated that spot and searched for another.

I glanced around and this is what I saw:

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Milkweed!

It wasn’t there last year. Well, I shouldn’t say that. There were a couple plants. I never planted them; they just appeared. I remember how excited I was when I first saw them. And honored. Milkweed is the Monarch Butterfly’s host plant. The caterpillar lays its egg on this plant. The young caterpillar eats its leaves, forms a chrysalis there, and, in its new life as a butterfly, drinks the nectar from the milkweed flowers. This particular butterfly relies on this particular plant for its survival.

The population of Monarch Butterflies has declined over the past several years due to herbicide spraying and development. Seeing these plants in my garden gives me hope.

I’m preparing to see royalty visit my garden!

Until then, I have other visitors. . .

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Snails.

And spiders, ants. . .

We’re all waiting. I’ll let you know!

 

About Amy Nicholson

A busy wife and mother pausing to ponder the beauty and complexity of life and share it with words.
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