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Old 06-16-2011, 10:34 PM   #21
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I just found the first monarch cat this eve. I searched on oodles and oodles of milkweeds until I finally sound one with a few pinholes.
The cat was so small you could hardly make out its stripes!
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:52 PM   #22
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Aaahh, the vagaries of growing butterflyweed. It just wants to grow where and when it feels like it. I couldn't get one to grow in my garden to save my life but they taunted me by flourishing in my field. Two years after I thought it was dead it decided to pop up in the prairie bed near the bird feeder, and this year in a bare spot where the spring rains ran through - up popped another.

Well I suppose it did so because I discovered that the monarches liked swamp milkweed better and so I planted some of that and forgot about the butterflyweed. Swamp milkweed is much more accommodating to the gardener, plant it and forget it. The monarchs love it and so do I! Now I have the butterflyweed in the field where it likes to grow, and two in the garden that are thinking about it, and I'll just be happy with that!
linrose,

Your post really made me smile. You have a really interesting way of phrasing things.

The plant I'm assuming I lost was there for at least two years...and last year it was glorious. Oh well, at least I have one ready to bloom.

I planted some swamp milkweed, too...hopefully it will do well--and spread. Actually, I better check it out soon--it had buds...but does it have an monarch cats?

I'm glad that you have butterflyweed growing well in your field (they always make a field look great). Let's hope the ones that are thinking about it decide to stay where you put them.
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I just found the first monarch cat this eve. I searched on oodles and oodles of milkweeds until I finally sound one with a few pinholes.
The cat was so small you could hardly make out its stripes!
Congrats!
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