Thursday, November 11, 2010

Life Cycles & Fairies

Milkweed isn't the most attractive bush in our flower planting area; but this time of year, it is Monarch caterpillar and butterfly central.  I can see them fluttering over the front porch planting area all day long.  They are busy laying eggs on the leaves and feeding on the nectar of its flowers. 


I think the reason I like Milkweed is that it is so full of life.  From its fast growing habit, its flowers, pods, and seed clusters, to the ongoing Monarch life cycle we can see unfolding every day. 


Like the chickens in our backyard, it is just fun to sit and watch it go through its life cycles.


The girls and I wonder what fun the fairies must have on these fluffy seeds at night...


...while keeping an eye on Mr. Caterpillar.

Oh well, the party must come to an end this afternoon, when I go out there and cut off the dozens of seed pods that are ready to burst.  We can't have thousands of milkweed bushes growing all over the place!


11 comments:

Sense of Home said...

Your milkweed photos are beautiful!

-Brenda

Rambling Woods said...

Oh how I love milkweed. We planted 4 butterfly weed and 2 swamp milkweed this summer. I so hope to see monarchs next year as I have only seen a single monarch from year to year. Perfect for Nature Notes...Michelle

TYRA said...

Beautiful post Mary.

tyra

Denise said...

Hi Mary, these are such great close-ups, those seedpods are pretty and magical, and Mr. Caterpillar is very handsome.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Your pictures are fabulous... and aren't milkweed pods fun?!

Leora said...

I love how you carefully observe the milkweed. And your bottom photo is precious; are the fairies dancing on those flowers at night?

"We can't have thousands of milkweed bushes growing all over the place!" - oh, too much of a good thing, huh?

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I love this post and enjoyed your excellent photography skills!!!

Karen said...

You captured wonderful images of the milkweed. The seed pods are amazing when examined up close. Your butterflies will be very happy!

Theresa said...

Great post and photos Mary! Thanks for the visit to your garden!

Barb Phillips said...

I personally love the look of milk weed especially when light is shining through it. Love the shots crisp and clear

www said...

Thanks for sharing your milkweed and caterpillar photos. This is a very nice set. -- Bom @ www.plantchaser.com

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