Kickin' back, musing, observing, and gathering inspiration from the hills of East Tennessee.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Milkweed and Butterflies
A couple of years ago we were along the Blueridge Parkway and came upon a field with nothing but milkweed growing in it. It was in the fall of the year and I gathered some of the seed pods, brought them home and scattered them. We already had a few on our property but I wanted MORE!! because I learned that the Monarch Butterfly lays its eggs on the milkweed plant. The Monarchs come through here, so I wanted to help them out in their reproduction efforts. Well, I think the seeds I scattered must have taken because each year we see more and more milkweed. (I'm trying to convince my husband that he needs to mow around each milkweed plant that he sees, but he's digging in his heels on that one! Ha!) Today I happened to go by with my camera when there were dozens of butterflies (no Monarchs yet) on the flowers.
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!