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Invite butterflies to your garden

A common buckeye butterfly sips nectar from native New York ironweed.

Raise your hand if you love butterflies.  Wow, that’s a lot of hands.  It’s hard to resist the fluttering appeal of butterflies with their delicate wings, zig-zag flight and graceful presence in our gardens.  So, why resist?  Revel in butterflies’ visits…

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Monarchs and Milkweed – The Garden Thyme Podcast

In this month’s episode, we are chatting about the marvelous relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed.   Undoubtedly, there is no other butterfly so easily recognized with its orange and black wings fringed with white spots. Their seasonal flight from Mexico through the United States towards Canada is long anticipated for gardeners.

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Native insects munching on milkweed – Featured Videos

Take a look at these two videos from Harford County Master Gardeners full of information about the native monarch caterpillars and tussock moths that feed on native milkweed plants.  

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Plants for Monarchs: Milkweeds and More

Q: I planted seeds of what I thought was a milkweed (Asclepias). The plants look somewhat like milkweed, but they are close to 4 feet tall with no sign of flower buds to confirm their identity. There are leaf buds…

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Monarch Tag and Release Workshops in Baltimore County

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardener Program of Baltimore County is providing free workshops for the public to learn about monarch butterflies and take part in ongoing research to help this species survive and thrive. Attend an upcoming…

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