04/20/2024 dry spot green

I have the green section of the rainbow garden populated with Arkansas yucca, green milkweed, antelopehorns milkweed, whorled milkweed, sand lovegrass, and maybe comet milkweed if any of it survived. I’ve been examining the milkweeds closely lately.

The antelopehorns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) has a few nibbles but I don’t see the culprit. In the backyard I’m struggling to get some other new milkweeds to survive due to some very happy swamp milkweed leaf beetles who are definitely eating more than swamp milkweed haha. Judy, they haven’t found your showy milkweed yet.
I was really worried that the green milkweeds (A. viridis) weren’t coming back, but they are! I think there are three or four individuals. I put the pot shards over their soil to help retain water and soil, as I had them originally in potting soil which doesn’t seem to hold water or shape as well as the natural sandy loam here.

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