Tag: milkweed

Container Jungle

Part of my container garden this summer in the Dog Free Zone.  I grew hot chilis, herbs, flowers, and, in particular, milkweed.  You can see the milkweed seed pods have opened, and the seeds are waiting to blown away by the wind.  The milkweed is food that is important to Monarch butterflies, but I have heard that the milkweed with colored flowers is not good for the butterflies.  I want to do a bit of research on this – what if all is for naught?

Once more, this is a photo using my 1937 Welta Weltur and Ilford XP Super 400 film.  The Xenar lens is stunning, with lovely detail and softness at the same time.  I really like what it can do.

Gone to Seed

Here in California the Monarch Butterfly population is decreasing.  They live on milkweed, and to help the butterflies, people plant the milkweed in their gardens.  I have several plants, donated and self-propagated, in my side patio container garden.  The Monarchs do come around, too, and often they flit in pairs.  Perhaps we will find caterpillars in the future.  This milkweed is sending forth its seeds, scattering on the breeze.