William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 27, December, 2008

Milkweed Pods

Filed under: Garden,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 18:16

9-26canal_milkweed6psrz From canalphotos.org

In the unseasonably warm weather today, went out and enjoyed warmth, blue sky, and sunshine, though I thought the folks with sandals and shirtsleeves were pushing things a bit, as well as the ones in white pants.   I did find several drying and opening milkweed pods, and I was able to take two home.  I like the plant; I like the pods, how they kind of look like fish, how they open and the seeds fly out on their parachutes and how they attract butterflies.

The plants I had in my yard did not survive their encounter with the Bosnian backhoe–but now at least my basement is waterproofed.  I’m going to put them on the devil strip and the side of the house, and I hope that the milkweed will join the monarda, the thyme, and the mint in attracting butterflies.  At least I do have bumbles and honeybees in the front garden.

There were several hawks out today, as well, looking cool as raptors are wont to do.

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4 Comments »

  1. They are an interesting speciman of nature at work. I did not know they attracted butterflys though!

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 27, December, 2008 @ 19:47 | Reply

  2. A few decades ago when my job provided for a lot of windshield time through Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and a number of other midwestern states, I was amazed and the number of Hawks, Red Hawks mostly, that I’d see along the highway. I would see a hawk on a fench post or in a tree every half-mile or so.

    Then for several years, the hawks seemed to thin out.

    I was pleased to note recently that the hawks have returned. Last month, I was up along the Missouri River and saw some Bald Eagles sitting in a tree.

    I wish I’d had my camera along.

    Comment by Crucis — Saturday, 27, December, 2008 @ 20:15 | Reply

  3. That’s a very..Georgia O’Keefe image. Or I have a filthy, one-track gutter. Fifty and pick ’em, I’d say.

    Comment by crankylitprof — Sunday, 28, December, 2008 @ 14:43 | Reply

  4. Hey, you call it a devil strip! Is that common in your area, or are you an import?

    (It doesn’t have a name where I am, but it’s fascinating to see the names folks in different areas use.)

    Comment by bardiac — Sunday, 28, December, 2008 @ 16:02 | Reply


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