This far North however it is not the fragrant blossoms that really attract the Monarchs. What they are eagerly looking for is some nice green milkweed leaves on which to lay their eggs. Ed carefully mows the plants in stages so that we have new milkweed plants when the butterflies need them.
We have been waiting and watching for the Monarch's return. Whenever an orange and black blur goes by we wonder if it is a Monarch. Sometimes we see what we want to see! Yesterday a Monarch stopped to feed on this freshly opened Liatris plant. There was no doubt this time and it was a girl. No, there is no picture of the butterfly, but as of July 19, 2016 we can indeed say a Monarch has been seen here at the Stone Wall Garden and inside the square at that!
Every Monarch we see is a joy and the same will be true of the caterpillars.