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Tag: Midland Michigan
Butterfly Diary 2020, #5
When Butterflies in Bloom extended to Wednesday evenings, it was one of my favorite times to volunteer because the residents would start roosting … cuddling up for bedtime, I would tell young children. This is from the sole Wednesday shift I was able to work this year, around 5 p.m. March 11. No word yet on whether we can open for the last scheduled week of the exhibit.
Butterfly Diary 2020, #4
This butterfly chose the large sculpture in the center of the Conservatory for a resting place.
Plant Pic, 032320 edition
This reminds me of the variegated hostas I favor.
Butterfly Diary 2020, #3
Sometimes they just get attached. I’ve seen children charmed that a butterfly remains on their clothing or even a finger for 20 minutes. Many, of course, do no such thing. Butterflies in Bloom remains closed through April 5, but at the moment we volunteers still hope to be back at our posts for the two final scheduled weeks.
Plant Pic, 032220 edition
An orchid in the Conservatory of Dow Gardens.
Plant Pic, 031920 edition
If this tree were in my yard, I’d sit in it every warm day. Instead, I admire it at Dow Gardens, where it’s visible from the craft barn.
Butterfly Diary 2020, #2
My swallowtail friend from yesterday’s post outside the case, where its blue colors are more visible.
Butterfly Diary 2020, #1
A swallowtail friend in the chrysalis case last Wednesday. Dow Gardens had to close the Butterflies in Bloom exhibit to the public through April 5, so I’ll be dribbling out the photos I took on the only volunteer shift I was able to get in. Gardens staffers are tending the insects in case the Gardens and Conservatory can reopen for the last two scheduled weeks of butterflies.
The morel of the story
When we finished prowling our new backyard for morels on Tuesday, this was the final tally. We soaked them in water, melted some butter, cut them in halves and cooked them about 3 minutes. As advised by a friend, we poured the soaking water out over the stubs, hoping to prompt further growth.