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Monarch butterfly

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Photo credit: Rick L. Hansen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wikimedia

Monarch butterflies have been in decline for years. As a result, backyard gardeners, butterfly lovers and environmentalists have been encouraging homeowners (and renters) to provide plants for Monarchs. I found the following graphic on Facebook and thought I would share it here:

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  1. Plant milkweed. It is important to locate seeds and plants that are native to your area. Very, very important.
  2. Encourage your locals schools and businesses to allow a Monarch-friendly patch of milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants to thrive. Important: do not mow down plants until and unless they have gone to seed or died back naturally.
  3. No pesticides: my property is a pesticide-free zone. During the warm months, there are hundreds of insect species that stop by or live here including butterflies, bees, wasps (not all are bad), dragonflies, flies, and more.
  4. Share this information with others. If I had my way, pesticides would be banned from use by the general public and government entities.

More information: Journey North Monarch Butterfly project.

Pretty as a picture

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Going through my draft posts I found this one with three spring photos from last year that might make us wish spring was here already. Enjoy!

May 5, 2013

Lilacs just beginning to open

Lilacs just beginning to open

I have three small sassafras trees that survived the winter.

I have three small sassafras trees that survived the winter.

Just had to include one of my terraced garden after 4 days of rain.  The dwarf bok choy is getting huge, as is the lettuce.  The onions have grown a lot.

Just had to include one of my terraced garden after 4 days of rain. The dwarf bok choy is getting huge, as is the lettuce. The onions have grown a lot.

Remembering Summer . . .

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Here are a few photos to remind us all that spring and summer ARE truly coming.

Toad my son captured (with the camera) down at the pond in August 2012

Green Frog, Rana clamitans (son informed me that this is a frog, not a toad) my son captured (with the camera) down at the pond in August 2012

Wintergreen growing beneath the pine tree

Wintergreen growing beneath the pine tree

Actually early fall 2012 but the colors just grabbed me

Actually early fall 2012 but the colors just grabbed me

Some photos to remind us of the beauty of a local farmer’s market:

Organic tomatoes at the Chester Summer Market summer 2012

Organic tomatoes at the Chester Summer Market summer 2012

Gorgeous summer flowers for sale at the Chester Sunday Market

Gorgeous summer flowers for sale at the Chester Sunday Market

Heirloom eggplant at the Chester Sunday Market

Heirloom eggplant at the Chester Sunday Market