Tag: Monarchs

Home-grown monarchs and milkweed

Home-grown monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). In 2015, a monarch visited my garden on September 18. In 2016, monarchs passed through on September 13 and September 20. Last summer, in 2017, monarchs were present in my garden pretty regularly from September 13 to October 28….

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

What are monarch butterflies doing in my garden

Monarch (Danaus plexippus). What are monarch butterflies doing in my garden. No, I don’t mean what right do they have to be in my garden. I mean, literally, what is it that they are doing. We all know monarchs are migratory. Adult monarchs from…

Planning for butterflies

Planning for butterflies. It’s never too early to start thinking about the next growing season in the garden. Last summer, enough butterflies visited my garden to get me started thinking of ways to attract more. More butterflies of each species as well as more…

September renewal

September renewal. Since most of my life up to now has been spent observing a school calendar, September still seems like a time to start again, to make new resolutions, to get excited about stuff. So, while I still have the habit of thinking…

Monarchs in the garden in September

Monarch butterflies (Danaus¬†plexippus)¬†in the garden in September. My summer is complete–with 4 official days of summer left. 2 monarch butterflies visited the garden yesterday. They were mostly interested in the verbena. What a great butterfly plant. What great butterflies. The monarchs are migrants, young…

June reality check

June reality check. In January, anything was possible in garden dreaming. By June, the stage has been set. The table has been laid. Whatever cliche fits best, the truth is that reality has set in. It’s not all bad. Plants are blooming and growing….