Sunday, 8 September 2019

Monarch Magnet

Lately it is hard to wrap my mind around a post but Monarchs have been absolutely insistent that I do something about that !
This has been the most spectacular "Monarch" year ever in my garden and all thanks to the hydrangea standard "Pink Diamond" planted by the deck, reaching up to the banister.
First it was the incredible scent of the flowers .. not overwhelming, just a fine waft of their perfume.
Then the "traffic" of pollinators and Monarchs became amazing.

They share very well most times, unless the buzzing seems to annoy them.
I am more than happy to see these little bees also get the nutrition they need as well.

Wind had been a problem for these tiny miracles, but they are stubborn little creatures and kept at the tree until they had their fill of nectar for each visit.
Their story is profound, considering the migration journey through generations of their kind.
How they do what they do, for such a delicate, tiny creature, that has to battle so many obstacles plus nature herself, to get to their end result, makes you wonder "what isn't possible" ?
The wings are so vibrant yet with an almost transparency that you can see the outline of objects through the other side .. see the shadows  ?

I took so many pictures that trying to choose the "right" ones to tell the story has been difficult.
I am so glad I got to see this event in my own garden.
It gives me hope that some turn around is happening for their survival, perhaps thriving at some point, if things keep changing for their benefit.
I will do my part and make sure they have "food" in my garden.


CiNdEe said...

Yay so glad you got to see the butterflies. Such a delightful thing to see(-: I am still waiting for them to show up. So far no Monarchs, but have had several other types.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I know so many people like us trying to leave, plant and encourage Monarchs. As we do this we help all beneficial insects and not just the beautiful ones. It makes me so happy to think that this little bit of effort is truly a help for our world under attack.
Your pictures and story are so beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen this hydrangea around here. I will look for it. Do you have yours planted in full sun. That is always a problem for me. What else in your lovely garden is crying out for press? I can't wait to read about it. Have a great week.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Cindee it has been amazing because in almost 20 years being here, I have never seen so many!
Usually it has been the Black Swallowtail .. although it is hard to see the butterfly , my dill plants have had lost of their "babies" each year .. but this ? has been spectacular :-)

Thank you so much Lisa ;-) and yes ! it is so encouraging to see so many numbers of Monarchs and other pollinators go mad for this hydrangea .. I have a lot of hydrangea and I know they also support the pollinator community .. but this is exactly where we can watch them from the deck doors and it has been stunning to see so many of them ... in a world with constant "bad" news .. this has been wonderful to see .. I so hope it will happen again next year.
This hydrangea gets afternoon sun .. so it isn't all day, will that help you I wonder ?

Jason said...

Wow! I had no idea that Monarchs love Hydrangeas! Great photos and post.