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    Lurking......I've been planting milkweed in more spots in my yard every year. I am also seeing more monarch's in my yard each year.

    In Mexico on Day of Dead...Monarchs are considered returning souls due to their migration pattern... they return to Mexico around Day of the Dead. This is why you see Monarchs sometimes depicted in Day of Dead pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karch View Post
    Lurking......I've been planting milkweed in more spots in my yard every year. I am also seeing more monarch's in my yard each year.

    In Mexico on Day of Dead...Monarchs are considered returning souls due to their migration pattern... they return to Mexico around Day of the Dead. This is why you see Monarchs sometimes depicted in Day of Dead pictures.

    CONGRATULATIONS AND KUDOS, KARCH.
    I only wish more people planted more milkweed, in more places, every year.

    There are two versions of the date of the Monarch return to Mexico.
    One firmly states November 1st, comparing the Monarch arrival, with the Legend of the return of the Swallows of Capistrano. The other version lists a date range that varies from year to year, coinciding with the Day of the Dead.

    Since all the Monarchs do not arrive all exactly, all together, all at the same time, all at the same tree, in the Oyamel Fir forests of Mexico, a flexible date is probably more accurate.

    Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2017 in United States of America will begin on
    Tuesday, October 31
    and ends on
    Thursday, November 2nd.

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    Lurkers welcome, Karch.
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    hi all--
    just a tip for those of you who want to plant milkweed, keep to a local variety if you can. know that it can be invasive, too. in five years, i have quite a large patch from just one plant. i would say that i have about 70 plants now! i also believe they don't have the greatest germination rate from seed, so may be better to find a plant. i planted common milkweed that i found growing wild. like most perennials, they like being planted in the autumn.
    this year, for the first time, i lost a few to tachinid fly parasitism. i lost about 4-5 out of 67, but it was a reminder to get the eggs before flies can find them. it was also the first year i had milkweed a lot of milkweed bugs. i don't think they will harm the monarchs, though.
    i can guarantee you that you will love seeing the females coming and laying eggs. and if you are lucky enough to get butterflies, it will be a great experience you will never forget!
    kerry
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    Welcome hope97 and Fandanie.
    I signed you up.
    I also sent you my address so you know where to send your completed ATCs.
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    Welcome lenoralb.
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    As previously mentioned, I signed you up, and I also sent you my address again so you know where to send your cards.
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    VickiZ, please move me to the lurking couch for now. I have family fire evacuees staying with me, life's been turned upside down, and I don't know how long until things are back to normal. This, of course, also disrupts my ATC spaces. I'm missing stuff and I'm kind of frustrated since I know that I put it somewhere and simply can't locate it. Ah, new task for today. Find missing stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrinaLD View Post
    VickiZ, please move me to the lurking couch for now. I have family fire evacuees staying with me, life's been turned upside down, and I don't know how long until things are back to normal. This, of course, also disrupts my ATC spaces. I'm missing stuff and I'm kind of frustrated since I know that I put it somewhere and simply can't locate it. Ah, new task for today. Find missing stuff.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
    Our news is carrying your news on the fires in your area, and they sound awful.
    Thank goodness your family fire evacuees have you to stay with!!!
    Safety and family come first. I certainly understand.

    Stuff disappearing is frustrating, but if you cannot locate what you need, in time, please feel free to contact me for a personal trade on any, and/or all, of your creations when life settles down and gets back to normal.

    Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greekygirl View Post
    hi all--
    just a tip for those of you who want to plant milkweed, keep to a local variety if you can. know that it can be invasive, too. in five years, i have quite a large patch from just one plant. i would say that i have about 70 plants now! i also believe they don't have the greatest germination rate from seed, so may be better to find a plant. i planted common milkweed that i found growing wild. like most perennials, they like being planted in the autumn.
    this year, for the first time, i lost a few to tachinid fly parasitism. i lost about 4-5 out of 67, but it was a reminder to get the eggs before flies can find them. it was also the first year i had milkweed a lot of milkweed bugs. i don't think they will harm the monarchs, though.
    i can guarantee you that you will love seeing the females coming and laying eggs. and if you are lucky enough to get butterflies, it will be a great experience you will never forget!
    kerry
    Thank you for your comments, greekygirl.
    You are correct, milkweed can be invasive.
    People mostly talk about growing the plant from seed, but once the plant gets established, it grows back from roots, and will come up everywhere!!!

    There are several websites that will send out free milkweed seeds if you send them a SASE, or you can find milkweed plants growing in alleys, vacant lots, road right of ways and deserted areas. I am also happy to send seeds with your Swap returns, but I don't guarantee germination. My park ranger says germination is low, as does greekygirl, but I have had very good luck with my personal germination, so it apparently varies widely.

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    Welcome Katesk.
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    Here are my ATCs. If these are acceptable I will drop in the mail tomorrow.
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    Lovely cards, pouringdiva.
    Cool how you used quotes on three of them.

    I particularly like the time lapse caterpillar to chrysalis card (third one)
    You picked a FAB quote!!!
    Interesting that you made that card....GREAT MINDS...I just made a very similar card using that same image.

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    Great!! I am glad you like them. I ran across that picture yesterday after I spilled coffee on my last card. I will be dropping in the mail today.

    I wouldn't mind getting a very similar card back in my returns hint hint!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki Z View Post
    Lovely cards, pouringdiva.
    Cool how you used quotes on three of them.

    I particularly like the time lapse caterpillar to chrysalis card (third one)
    You picked a FAB quote!!!
    Interesting that you made that card....GREAT MINDS...I just made a very similar card using that same image.

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    Can I join this one? I have both common milkweed and butterfly milkweed in my yard.

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    Love both of those!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki Z View Post
    FALL FLOWERS

    Monarchs need nectar to fuel their migration south. Although many flower gardens are bursting with flowers in the spring and in the summer, many plants die back in the Fall, and that is just when Monarchs need the nectar from them the most.

    Help fuel the Monarch butterflies’ Fall Migration by planting Fall blooming flowers such as Zinnias. These nectar sources act as “gas” stations and “rest stops” in the Fall as Monarchs travel on their Southern Migration route.

    Grow Zinnias!!!!
    One of the hardest working flowers. This plant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, honeybees, and others. Also repels whiteflies in the garden.
    They are low maintenance, drought resistant.
    During spring and summer, deadhead the flowers to encourage new flower growth.
    In the late fall, save the seeds by letting the flowers dry fully on the stem.

    Zinnia Card
    …..Three Layer Background
    …..Zinnia Image
    …..Zinnia Postage Stamp
    …..Fall Leaves Boarder
    …..Sticky Back Text

    Monarch on Blazing Star Flower
    .....I have never grown this flower, but the Monarchs seem to like it, and that is reason enough for me to try to find out more about it. o)

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    Welcome naturenerd3.
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    AWESOME cards received from pouringdiva.
    These are even more spectacular in person.
    Thanks so much for including a hostie card.

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