Vervain ((Verbena bonariensis)
Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (09-09-2019)
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
Antelope Horn is a milkweed native to Texas, which grows in pastures along roadsides and creeks throughout the central path, that most Monarchs take on their migration coming back up north to the US from Mexico. The milkweed got its name from the seedpods, which look similar to the horns of an antelope. In late Spring, I can find them next to the creek behind our street. And I also find them on the meadows of the local parks. From all the milkweed plants I have seen so far, the Antelope Horn is my favorite.
Antelope Horn (Asclepias asperula)
Monarch at the Chaste tree blossom in the Dallas Arboretum
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.
During the day, a lot of “Flutter Wings” visit my garden at this time of the year. At sunset a Monarch Butterfly came over to get some nectar from the milkweed, before her journey will go all the way to Mexico. I hope, she laid some eggs as well.
A Monarch “celebrates” the October festivities.
In recent years the Monarch population has declined drastically. Due to constructions, herbicides and environmental changes, it’s difficult for the Monarch butterfly to find milkweed. On its migration from Mexico to Canada (in Spring) and Canada to Mexico (in Autumn), this butterfly relies on this precious food resource. The Monarch lays its eggs on the milkweed. Once hatched, the caterpillars feed of the milkweed to get big, turn into pupa (chrysalis), before they become a butterflies.
Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)
If we don’t act fast, the Monarch migration could collapse within the next two decades. It is encouraged to plant more milkweed to protect the butterfly from going extinct.
This Monarch stopped and laid eggs in my yard, before it migrated south to Mexico.
Monarch, short after it emerged from the chrysalis