Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 Monarchs at Once

That's how many I counted at one Liatris ligulistylis plant with five stalks, a record. See below.


Only 9, just missed the 10th



















Gratuitous garden picture



















In about 10-14 days we'll release 20+ monarchs in about a 24 hour period. That's how many are in the "J" today. Still finding a few eggs outside on specific milkweed (I guess there is a pecking order for milkweed positions in the garden).


23 comments:

Gaia Gardener: said...

Wonderful!

I'm just so worried about where the monarchs are going to find food on their way through southern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas - it's been such a horribly dry year that there are few blossoms around.

Cassy said...

Wow! Those monarchs added beauty to the flower. Makes the flower so colorful.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Heather@RestoringTheLandscape.com said...

My Liatris is just starting to open. It seems late this year, I hope the Monarchs still get to enjoy it.

Great photos.

Benjamin Vogt said...

GG--Exactly the problem. My Uncle in OK said it's been 100 for well over a month, and in May the wheat was half as high. All the predictions are for, yet again, one of the lowest wintering monarch populations in MX again. Makes me wonder what other less-known species are threatened at the moment.
Cassy--Or, did the flower add beauty to the monarchs? It's like clothes--people look better in clothes than they do naked. Right? :)
Heather--When is peak migration up in MN? 1st week or two in Sept? It's about 9/20 here. They got a late start but things appear normal right now otherwise. I'll know more in a month (though that month can't come slow enough! Where'd summer go?).

Donna said...

With all the suburban gardens around I don't get that many butterflies. I still see several but not all at once. perhaps as they fond my meadow and some of their favorite plants they will spread the word. Neighbors also use pesticides...sigh! Love the pictures of which my garden aspires to...some liatris opened and is done and some is just starting...

Benjamin Vogt said...

Donna--Yeah, I don't have that problem, I'm pretty much the only garden in the neighborhood. But people mow their lawns twice a week, water after rains, and spray like nuts. What a brainless world.

scottweberpdx said...

That is amazing and hilarious at the same time! I wish we got Monarchs in our neck of the woods, but no such luck...at least we have the Yellow Swallowtails.

Benjamin Vogt said...

The dancing was incredible, all those monarchs ruffling each others' wings--they chased each other, lit up the sky. Dancing flowers in the air?

Randy Emmitt said...

Benjamin,

The first photo is amazing! KUODs! I once took a photo of about 50 Monarchs wings open on a cherry tree at first light. Thought the photo was on my blog, by could not find it.

Joe said...

That is cool! :)
I once visited the butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California, where the west coast monarchs winter. It was really fascinating seeing the huge clusters of monarchs on trees and in the air---they were everywhere! :)

Benjamin Vogt said...

Randy--That's a pic I'd like to see! I thought 10 was neat....
Joe--I would love to witness that. Always wanted to go to MX to see that site, while it still exists. I bet CA will fair better in the next 50 yrs than MX.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

My first thought: "These can't be real. Benjamin's playing in Photoshop, right? Theses can't be... WOW!"

My second thought: "Damn. Why don't I have any liatris?!"

:)

Benjamin Vogt said...

I only use PS to crop. Still, photos are unfocues cus bflies keep moving constantly. Get Liatris ligulistylis--it's the only one worth having.

Racquel said...

Wow! I've never seen that many on one bloom at the same time. Gorgeous pics! :)

Benjamin Vogt said...

Racquel--Liatris ligulistylis is the key, and once they stop blooming in a week or two, new england asters will bring monarchs in, too. At least, that's how it works here in Nebraska the last four years! :)

Gail said...

Benjamen, What a glorious sight! I need to get more late blooming liatris. I've seen a few monarchs on the cup plant, but nothing like you've gotten! Soon the native ex-asters will be blooming and then I can count on a few more. gail

Benjamin Vogt said...

Gail--Ex asters? Never! Goldenrod brings them in, too, as you know. But let's not talk fall just yet.... :)

Joe said...

Benjamin, I thought I'd comment to tell you that I have launched my own blog-"Natural California". Hope you drop by!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Amazing! I never have so many of them in my garden, just one or two.
Finished reading your book. Love 'French Formal garden'and √Čnglish Romantic Garden', and others too.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Tatyana--Had you told me you won a copy at Seattle Fling? I'm so glad you enjoyed it--I should have a full-length collection coming out next year, and lord willing, one of my memoirs some day. :)

Indoor Fountains said...

Beautiful!!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

No, Benjamin, I bought it on-line after preordering it last year.
A full-length collection? It is serious!Good luck!

Benjamin Vogt said...

IF--Merci!!!
Tatyana--Oh man, that seems like so long ago, doesn't it? Ah life. Zoooooom.