Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gift bags in the Meadow

This year, we have a healthy crop of seedpods on our antelope-horns (Asclepias asperula) in the Meadow. We also usually have a healthy population of large milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasicatus), which love to feed on our milkweeds. I understand they need to make a living, too, but I'd like to have as many seeds as I can get. That said, I'm trying out an idea that Janna B. suggested a few years ago. I purchased a package of 50 4x6-inch organza gift bags. As you can see, we covered and tied the bags over a good number of seedpods. The bags allow air to circulate but hopefully keep the bugs out. We shall see!


Unknown said...

That is very wise. Let us know if it works.

My daughter lives close to downtown Houston. She took me for a walk the other day to show me some places that are designated Texas Wildscapes. They are in a very unusual area of her neighborhood. She is very interested, so I am going to get her to read your article in TPW Magazine. : )

April said...

Wonderful idea! I've recently planted my first Asclepias Viridis and hope to get to the stage where I can share seeds. Enjoy.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I'll try and keep an eye on them. I'm curious to see, too, whether this works. Hope your daughter enjoys my story! :-)

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Thanks for stopping by, April! Good luck with your green milkweed!

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