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Here's the last post of three on the topic of milkweed and monarchs... at least til next year...
The milkweed flowers are rather pretty, I think.
Lots of insects are attracted by the bright colors and tasty pollen.
Seed pods form along the plant stalks.
The seed pods dry, break open, and send the seeds drifting in the wind like dandelion fluff.
We've saved some seeds to plant to keep the monarchs returning next year.

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37 comments:

  1. Excellent post and pictures, plus love the milkweed! Have a great week!

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  2. It certainly has beautiful flowers. Inspired by you, I planted one milkweed plant. Now eagerly waiting for the insects to arrive.

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  3. Im glad you saved seed to plant in the spring, your helping nature to move forward in many ways!
    Thanks for sharing and for the party!

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  4. Beautiful shots! I miss summer already.

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  5. Which colourful blooms. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a very good week.

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  6. What lovely flowers, being all different colours!

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  7. Very beautiful milkweed flowers. It must be a tropical variety as the native ones are not nearly as colorful and their seed pods are larger. The Monarch does not seem to care about their ethnicity.

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  8. The flowers are prettier than I expected. I am glad to see milkweed around here because the Monarch butterflies rely on it to survive.

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  9. Love to encourage friendly bugs in my garden especially the bees and praying mantis.

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  10. Such pretty colors! The flowers are so beautiful!

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  11. Pretty flowers and the bees love the flowers. Thank you for hosting. Have a great day.

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  12. I understand why monarch butterflies will return to these flowers, so brightly colored!
    Have a fine day, Sue!

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  13. Lovely photos and flowers. Our kinds of wmilkweed look very different.
    Greetings from Germany

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  14. Without insects everything will perish! People must be careful...
    I like these kind of images and posts! Thank you very much!
    Happy WW and thank you for the linky.

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  15. Your photos of the milkweed are beautiful!
    I tried to plant some before with no success yet. Will try again sometime because I love the butterflies!

    Thanks for hosting this linkup!

    Laurie
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    1. I'm not sure where you live, but milkweed seeds require a period of cold or they won't germinate in spring. We kept the in the frig for a couple of months and started them inside, then planted the seedling outside after the last frost. Great germination rate!

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  16. I'm sure I have never seen milkweed here in the UK but i imagine that our bird species would love it because of those seed heads. Thanks for the chance to join in again Sue.

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  17. Love them all, but the insect one is my favorite. Beautiful photography.

    Thank you for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  18. It looks like you fixed the linky!

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  19. The milkweed flowers are so pretty, and we love that bee! Happy Wednesday, and thank you so much for hosting!

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  20. The flowers of the milkweed are so pretty and the seeds unusual.

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  21. What a beautiful flower and great shot of the bee there too.

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  22. So so pretty! Thanks for hosting this each week.

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  23. Gorgeous pictures! The details are breathtaking!
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  24. The photos you have published are beautiful. Photo with the bee is excellent!
    Greetings from Argentina

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  25. Amazing photos! Thanks for hosting...

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  26. Love these pics! I'm looking into planting milkweed next year, since we're on the monarchs' migration route.

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  27. Love the colorfulness of the photos. Great closeup of the bee or whatever it is.

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  28. So very beautiful. So very colorful.

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