A story of seed relocation… Can’t say specifically where I got them or where they are going. Probably wouldn’t be allowed to play Mary Milkweed by distributing a wealth of milkweed pods throughout park lands, so let’s just say I did not do that.
I brought a number of opened and almost-opened pods home today to dry. Also to have a little fun with the camera too.
This milkweed is from seed I “planted” years ago along a public biking trail. I just scattered the seed on a morning walk and they took root for about 20 plants growing today. The original seed came from a state park a few miles away.
I want milkweed where it was previously at another state park. It has not been there for the last three years. The dry summers have made them disappear.
The seed gathered are in a weedy wet area that stays moist all summer. It was like a swamp today picking them. I got soaked. Where I want to replace the milkweed, it is often dry, but there are low spots that retain moisture.
Did the Monarchs lay eggs? I checked on “my milkweed” earlier, and some caterpillar damage was noticed. Just because one plants it, does not mean they will come in numbers apparently. But there is also invasive dogbane in this field… so maybe that keeps most Monarchs away.
Joe Pye Weed is also missing from the meadow near my house, and I have plans on that too.
A few of the milkweed photos were taken at home, but the rest were photographed in the field.
Milkweed is really beneficial and unfortunately, it gets bumped out of its habitat by dogbane.
I took these pictured milkweed pods from the field below. The image is of the fog, but the blurry green along the path is milkweed. The crop is small, but next year hopefully it will be more.
Be an activist. You can propagate milkweed from seed, cuttings, or even root division. Or buy plants…
I have shown a number of butterflies on GWGT, but they have been lessening in number and variety. I wrote a post on them with numerous links to scientific study. Certainly no guarantees of Monarchs if you plant, but it is worth a try.
Distributing seed where it grew before might be a sound idea. If the seeds set, good chance to see some in the future.
Next… the last hummingbird to leave my garden and head South.