img_4947img_4937Thank you to Dawn and John Sarrouf for sharing their milkweed planting photos. They are visiting their friend Camilla at her family home in Small Point Maine, which sounds like, from Dawn’s description, a gorgeously beautiful location, and ideal Monarch habitat. There are fields of wildflowers, and Seaside Goldenrod grows just as easily in the rocky outcroppings there as it does on Eastern Point. After looking at maps, it appears as if you could draw a virtual straight line from Small Point to Eastern Point. Dawn and friends spotted about ten butterflies yesterday. Perhaps we’ll be the next stop (after the predicted rainfall).

img_4946Camilla collected milkweed seed pods and enlisted the Sarroufs to help plant.


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  • I wanted to look at the milkweed some further and wow I did not know this see posts cause us to use Joey’s favorite Google and explore more! I do remember the pods playing in and with as young lad that way, was everywhere then! 🙂 Dave & Kim🙂 Partial only check out the web link !🙂

    Milkweed: A Truly Remarkable Wild Vegetable

    Milkweed isn’t your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed Asclepias syriaca is one of the best known wild plants in North America. Children love to play with the downy fluff in autumn, while farmers despise it as a tenacious weed of hayfields and pastures. Butterfly enthusiasts adore milkweed as the sustenance for their beloved monarch. Hardly any country dweller can fail to notice this unique, elegant plant so laden with fragrant, multi-colored blossoms in midsummer. Milkweed has served humans in many ways. During World War II, American schoolchildren collected milkweed floss to fill life preservers for the armed forces. This same floss is being used by a Nebraska company called Ogallalla Down to stuff jackets, comforters, and pillows, and some people believe that it will become an important fiber crop in the future. It has an insulating effect surpassing that of goose down. Native Americans employed the stalk fibers for making string and rope.

    Not least among the uses of common milkweed, however, is its versatility as a vegetable. Milkweed produces at four different edible products, and all of them are delicious. It was a regular food item for all Native American tribes within its broad range.


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