“The time has come,” the Walrus said
“To talk of many things:…”
It is fashionable to talk about pollinators, butterflies, wildflowers gardens, the environment, and so on…; in particular, much emphasis is placed these days on growing milkweeds to save the Monarch butterflies (for those who don’t know, Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on Milkweed plants, which are the sole food source for their larvae). (In the featured image it is a Fritillary butterfly (Boloria sp.) feeding on A. incarnata).
Planting milkweeds and other wildflowers that are a magnet for all the pollinators in our urban gardens would help to compensate for the tremendous loss of wild habitats due to land conversion for various construction developments. Yet many people still view them, according to their common name – only as milkWEEDS! True, they seed around, but they are very easy to detect at the seedling stage.
For now I only have images of three Asclepias species, all flowering from June to July:
Asclepias syriaca – Common milkweed, butterfly flower
Asclepias incarnata – Rose milkweed, swamp milkweed
Asclepias exaltata – Poke milkweed
There are about 100 species of Asclepias: at least one for any garden situation!
Or, we can choose to follow the Walrus proposition and just:
“…talk of many things:
Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax
Of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings.”
(Quote from Through the Looking-Glass: The Walrus and the Carpenter poem)