Did some work in the a.m., then in the afternoon felt unwell.
DH prescribed gardening.
Who am I to question him? =)
So, planting milkweed seed was priority one.
I weeded this iris plot (protected fm. gophers via that wire mesh)
and got to work.
I took photos 'cause I've learned that where I plant X Y and Z
stays in my brain about 15 minutes.
Next day, it's gone.
SO, I made these! =)
And here's the details, re: the seed packets.
I'd researched it in the past to find spp. native to California
and which help monarchs specifically, butterflies in general.
Note the one above likes to be over 1,000 feet in elevation: we're 3500, so we're a go!
Note: "packed for 2014" means I shoulda planted them 2 falls ago,
Planted is better than not planted.
Part of learning to garden is learning to quash the perfectionist.
Just. Do. Something.
Also, I paid for these (& a bunch of to-be-planted-in-spring kinds)
versus looking for a free source.
My priority was get the right spp. for our area & bugs.
Didn't cost much, anyhow. =)
Next, I had to protect our seeds from the HOARDS of hungry seed-eating birds:
Before I learned this trick, I'd plant seed mixes and get almost nothing.
I concluded I was a crap gardener.
Turns out, dark-eyed juncos (& friends) kick through & eat seeds on & under the ground.
So, I protected newly planted areas in the above manner
and suddenly I had LOTS of BABY PLANTS! Total miracle.
Next I need to attach that wire mesh to wood so it's safe for wildlife.
But, now, having followed my husband's recommended cure,
I am now well, AND I've got 3 species of milkweed planted in our garden.
Some of which can grow to 5 feet. SWEET!!
One of the best things about gardening is it gives you things to look forward to.
Like stunning, fabulous flowers attracting stunning, fabulous insect life
that I then get to ogle and PHOTOGRAPH.