This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

butterfly milkweed

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It was a big surprise to me to find this bright orange Butterfly Weed today! A few years ago (2008) I bought seeds of Asclepias tuberosa, a native orange milkweed. I raised a couple small plants and tucked then in a few different spots in my garden. Then I forgot about them. I never expected then to survive. What a joy!



Anonymous Ben Czajkowski said...

What a nice creamy orange color! I'm sure that made a very pleasant surprise :)

July 17, 2011 10:37 PM

Blogger Sunshine said...

Those are gorgeous! I love milkweed - I always let it grow in my gardens. It only comes in pink around here though!

July 17, 2011 11:49 PM

Anonymous Yael said...

I keep looking at milkweed in seed catalogues and always say I will order them, but so far have not done so. I hope to actually do it for this next year. I think that the orange is what I would want to order.

I recently found a tiny orange gallardia that I thought had died two years ago doing quite well this year. Imagine my surprise.


July 18, 2011 2:11 AM

Blogger zippiknits said...

That is a lovely photo of a beautiful little plant. Thanks for sharing it.

July 31, 2011 5:36 PM


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