The green milkweed patch around the corner from our house has been the highlight of these weeks in isolation. Someone mowed the empty lot this year which was good. I had been contemplating doing it myself because grass and shrubs were encroaching on the milkweed and I wanted to increase the milkweed habitat. This year the milkweed is thriving!
This lot is where I’ve primarily gone to get milkweed for the monarch caterpillars the last few years. I’m raising 16 caterpillars this season, eggs harvested from our tropical milkweed. Our tropical milkweed is of course too small at the moment to handle the onslaught of caterpillar chomping so I moved the eggs I could find.
This patch is just so lovely! I’m also trying not to get too attached because Chris informed me there’s a chance that the owners may sell it. I had been wondering about that. There’s an old house pad and driveway at the site. A few years ago our county jacked up the land values which made everyone who had been holding on to adjacent acreage, even just half an acre, up and try to sell their property. That has changed the face of our little community because now everyone is cramming in more houses. The property directly across the street from us has been affected and it seems this lot may be too. Drive the prices up to increase development to increase their tax base to increase money to increase highway development to increase box stores…and on and on and on.