I have let Mulberry trees grow wild in three areas on the farm. Yesterday evening – on my way to the vegetable garden suddenly a cloud of startled monarch butterflies flew out of the trees. At that moment I knew why I loved those trees.
I dropped my vegetables and grabbed for the phone but by then most of the bright and beautiful butterflies had wooshed on their fairy wings back into the stand of trees.
I counted at least twenty separate butterflies hanging in the branches of the mulberries like turning leaves. Autumnal coloured wings turning, opening and closing like nebulous heart beats made from sunset skies. It was magical.
This is the first time I have ever seen so many in the garden or so many close together. I was enchanted.
It was like a divine pat on the back. Look the cosmos was saying – all your milkweeds have done the trick. The new butterflies are gathering together to join the migration. You and your wilderness gardens have made a difference.
And in the mulberry trees no less.
Here is how to grow a mulberry tree. Put pots of soil under a big old mulberry tree. By late summer mulberry trees will be growing in your pots.
I wonder if rain at the wrong time affects the butterflies takeoff. I will let you know when they leave.
They might have gone already.
Boiled Eggs and Pig Cakes waiting for first farm breakfast.
I hope you have a lovely day.