News for March 19th

This time, with the world in chaos, let’s have something pretty and magical.

Seed pods of Swanplant

This morning there were four beautiful big orange and black Monarch butterflies zooming around our garden. We have several of the plants they like to lay their eggs on. This means we get not only butterflies but the yellow and black and white striped caterpillars munching through the leaves. When they’re fat enough they hang themselves upside down and overnight transform into jewel-like pale blue and gold chrysalises. Days later – a new butterfly emerges.

The seed-pods are so pretty! In much of the world the plant is called Milkweed. Here in New Zealand – and maybe many other places too – it’s known as Swanplant. And here is exactly why.