The Not So Common, Common Milkweed!

The Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) was a familiar sight in the Missouri Ozarks. Between mowing and spraying herbicide this beautiful plant has become more scarce.

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This particular milkweed can grow very large (up to 6 1/2 feet tall). The profuse flowers vary from pinkish to purplish in color. The coveted Monarch Butterfly caterpillars are the chief consumer of the leaves and stems. The caterpillars prefer the more tender newer smaller leaves.

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The Great Spangled Fritillary  adores this plant! Today I counted 20 butterflies on one plant!

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It is an amazing spectacle to see how the Fritillaries covet this “common” plant!

Do yourself a favor and plant as many of these special plants to perpetuate the threatened Monarch Butterfly and enjoy a truly beautiful perennial plant!

Papa

 

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The Joy of Fall!

The Fall season is my favorite time of year! Leaves changing color, final summer harvest and cool, delightful weather. The Fall mums are in bloom. Time to enjoy!

I almost forgot, beautiful sunsets!!!!

There’s more to come.

Papa

A Summer Stroll at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

If you are ever near Springfield or Branson, Missouri, you should check out Bakersville Pioneer Village. Home of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, it offers an amazing Seed Store with over 1700 varieties of heirloom, hard to find seeds, gardening books, hand made items from the local Amish community, and items found in an old time Mercantile.

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There are monthly festivals the first Sunday of each month (March through October) featuring local produce and herbs, Blue Grass and old time country music from local musicians and artisans selling home made soaps, jewelry, quilts and various crafts.

I often speak about Seed Starting or some aspect of gardening in the theater.

The next festival is coming up Sunday, September 6, 2015.

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The hotel is open as an eatery offering vegan cuisine from produce grown at Baker Creek by our Chef Quintin Eason.

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Enjoy strolling through the gardens of this quaint little “town” and enjoy the flowers in their full summer bloom.

Stop by the Flour Mill (Friday and Sunday) to get the best cinnamon bun you have ever eaten!

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Make sure you stop by the Seed Store and say Hey!

Papa