Sunday, August 26, 2018


Photo by Salt Water New England


  1. A monarch on a zinnia - how lovely! The monarch population has sadly declined more than 90 percent since the 1990s. I planted milkweed on the hillside behind the house in hopes of providing a nursery for them, and have lots of butterfly and bee friendly flowers in the garden, on which I use no chemicals. I enjoy seeing these creatures in the yard as much as I enjoy the birds that visit.

  2. Bitsy, we were talking about this very thing at church this morning.

    Last week during services by the sea I watched a Monarch butterfly fly out over the ocean and circled above as if it was a graceful bird. It went up so high I lost sight of it until it circled back down and then flew around the congregation.

    I would like to plant some milkweed. Do you have any suggestions for successful planting? I'm in Maine...

    1. Hi Averyl — There are over 100 varieties of milkweed, and it’s best to plant what is native to one’s locale. I got seeds at a local native plant sale. This website has information, including seeds, specific to Maine ( You might also try the local chapter of the New England Wild Flower Society. Happy planting!

  3. Sounds like a very commendable and responsible church.

  4. Lovely photo. So glad we have lots of milkweed in our nearby meadow.

  5. VOTE. Google Republicans and pesticides.

  6. Was contemplating removing some old overgrown shrubs and replacing them with butterfly bushes next Spring. Now I will see if I can locate some milkweed seeds too!