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Monarch Butterfly numbers on the decline

March 22, 2010

Not sure if you heard the news this week, but due to harsh winter weather in Mexico, Monarch butterflies have decreased in number by up to 75% this year. As they make their annual pilgrimage through our area later this year, scientists are encouraging home gardeners to plant regionally appropriate milkweed. We have  plenty of Asclepias, or milkweed, growing around the farm already, sometimes using it in our cut flower bouquets. We generally have milkweed available for purchase in mid summer once it has leafed out and made available by our perennial suppliers. It’s flower ranges from  pink to red to yellow and orange and can be very striking.  If you have ever wanted to put in a butterfly and hummingbird garden, this is certainly the year. Keep it in mind and to read more about this weeks news, click here.

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