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This year I planted milkweed (Asclepias) to try to help and attract butterflies, especially Monarchs, a species that is in decline in North America over the past several years. The milkweed flowers have started to bloom.

Asclepias or Milkweed

Asclepias or Milkweed

Let’s see whether the Monarchs will come! In the meantime, other summer flowers are very noticeable also, and butterflies, but not Monarchs, do fly around the yard.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Cosmos

Cosmos

Cone flower (Echinacea) and green bee.

Cone flower (Echinacea) and green bee.

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