Monarch_0146 Monarch_0147 Monarch_0148 Monarch_0149Milkweed scatters its seeds across my neighborhood; true to the survivor nature of this weed, the plant sprouts in unlikely places.

Cracks in the driveway, on the hell-strip, in overgrown untended areas, as well as in my neighbors orderly garden.

The plant attracts several kinds of aphids and accompanying ladybugs drawn to the feast. And of course, the Monarch butterfly chooses to lay eggs on it as well.

We were fortunate to watch this butterfly emerge last month, a reminder that we all have seasons to grow, seasons to hide inside a cocoon, and seasons to fly.