Friday Flower: Milk Weed

20140621-110026-39626252.jpg Milkweed. I'm guilting of pulling it. I used to see it as a weed. But, its the nesting spot for monarch butterflies, and I'm happy to give it space in my garden!


In the next few weeks the pink flowers will bloom and Im hoping we'll see some monarchs. In addition to providing a nursery for monarch eggs & larvae, milkweed brings an element of height in the yard that was needed.


Finding the balance between garden function, beauty, and maintenance level is always tricky. But remembering that the garden is nature & is a part of a greater cycle is easy. Know you climate, soil type, and pollinators and you'll be more successful and find it easier to maintain.