second season of monarchs
apparently, monarch butterflies reproduce both in the spring and fall. This past spring we excitedly watched a few butterflies transform into adults. Then a month or two later, we decided to build a butterfly garden into our landscape.
A portion of that landscape plan is complete and this past weekend we excitedly watched about 20 monarch caterpillars leave their food plants in search of a protected location to complete their metamorphosis.
In about 9 or 10 days, these lovelies will wake up with wings and begin a journey to a tropical place for the winter.
And in the spring, our butterfly garden will again be full of tender, fresh milkweed leaves for a new generation of caterpillars.
Meanwhile, my poorly planned perennial garden has been replaced with a cobblestone extension to the poolside hardscape to hold a collection of potted plants and sea shells.
A newly planted perennial garden replaced the previously unruly collection of potted plants, and the garden bench is now offering a relaxing seat near the kitchen garden.
The pretty view from the kitchen door reminds me how much I love tending to the plants, providing a welcoming habitat for our backyard audubon society friends.
In other news, we had another skunk spray incident this weekend too. Our experience last year taught us something about responding appropriately and thankfully, we neutralized the odor rather quickly. Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking that tomato juice is the answer. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap is the best remedy.
thank you for reading 🙂 wishing you a wonderful week ahead