|milkweed flower pickles|
We'll try them out tonight with our Canada Day dinner. I used the usual pickling vinegar, plus a spoonful of wildflower honey and some herbs from the garden. In another two weeks I should be able to harvest the young pods and pickle them too - as long as they are under 1.5 inches or about 3 cms long.
|Buttefly milkweed early flowers and buds, High Park PG|
|Butterfly milkweed in full bloom|
|"swamp" milkweed - a deeper pink plant|
|look hard to find honey bee and milkweed bug on this flower cluster|
Now normally, my butterfly or "swamp" milkweeds would be crowded with pollinators. But, the unusual weather this year has turned common milkweed Asclepias syriaca into a star. So many plants are blooming that a lush, heavily sweet fragrance hangs over the whole country garden in spite of the cool breeze from Lake Huron.
|Orange Banded Mydas fly Mydas clavata drinking milkweed nectar|