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There have been 2 areas here set up as monarch sanctuaries. I'm planning on planting a new area with lots of butterfly friendly plants. Not bringing any cats in this year. I have 3 outdoor canopies that will make good screened in enclosures to protect them.
 

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My Prairie Smoke is quickly growing. There are buds all over my original plant, and I also noticed buds on one of my second-year plants. I have about half a dozen plants, and I'll be continuing to add more in all of my gardens. I can't say enough good things about this specie.

It's an early bloomer, its seedhead stage is even more impressive than its flowering stage, it has nice foliage that stays green year-round, it stays small which is perfect for people who like smaller plants or have smaller gardens.
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Rue Anemone is growing. This'll be its first full year in my garden.
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Eastern Red Columbine is popping up. Hopefully the rabbits don't destroy them all. This'll be the first year where quite a few plants are old enough to bloom.
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I read an article about monarch habitat and one of the biggest areas where they used to find milkweed was alongside farm fields and in ditches. We would find large swathes of it along the railroad tracks growing up - milkweed was everywhere. Instead of being mowed, all those areas are now routinely sprayed with weed killer and all the milkweed destroyed.
 

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I read an article about monarch habitat and one of the biggest areas where they used to find milkweed was alongside farm fields and in ditches. We would find large swathes of it along the railroad tracks growing up - milkweed was everywhere. Instead of being mowed, all those areas are now routinely sprayed with weed killer and all the milkweed destroyed.
Yes, that is accurate. When the prairies were first destroyed, milkweed was one of a handful of plant types that were able to thrive along the edges of farm fields. Sadly, that is not as common as it once was. Some small farms do things in a more environmentally-friendly way, but the large industrial farms don't care at all.
 

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They spray something on the fields here that kills any weeds within 24 hours. Goes from green to brown overnight.
 

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I've got tons of Prairie Smoke flowers this year. At least, until the rabbit gets to them.
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Old stems are as important to pollinators as flowers. They use stems to lay eggs in. This stem was from Blue Giant Hyssop, which you can see growing in the background.
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Rue Anemone has bloomed! This is the first flower in my main native garden this year!

When I bought it last year, I knew it was a Spring-blooming plant, but didn't realized it'd be the first to bloom in the native garden! Now I like it even more. Hoping I can collect seeds and have more in the future.

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