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Milkweed blooms
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:03:37 pm »

The common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is in bloom throughout Maryland. For those who haven't, you really ought to take a moment to smell these small, but fragrant flowers. And, the flowers aren't too shabby either.

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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 06:59:38 pm »

well done. Not disturbing that leaf in high zone, clear composition.
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 07:55:33 pm »

You should get lots of Monarch butterflies.
Ours, in Massachusetts, haven't blossomed yet.
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 08:11:35 pm »

Good to see a well made rendition of an important, but often unappreciated and carelessly demolished species.
Thank you Bob!
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 06:53:33 am »

Hi sandro, Eric and Richard,

    Thanks for your kind comments. - Bob
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 11:26:41 am »

FWIW: Same flowers. Different stack and treatment.
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 03:25:30 pm »

Speaking of milkweed flowers, here are some from India:

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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 08:08:09 am »

Thanks Niranjan.
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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 10:58:19 am »

Thanks Niranjan.

You are welcome.  I thought it would be interesting to compare the two from different continents.  I remembered I had taken the picture more than 10 years ago with a little point-n-shoot.  In India, they are all over the place.  As kids, we never missed the opportunity to crack a leaf and watch the white "milk" (apparently the source of poison in Monarch butterflies) ooze out.

I live in Maryland.  So how do I go about looking for these here?

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Re: Milkweed blooms
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2019, 11:23:29 am »

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I live in Maryland.  So how do I go about looking for these here?

:Niranjan.

They're everywhere that's semi-natural sparse woodlands or grasslands that aren't heavily mowed or manicured. If you live near Ellicott City, take a trip to Centennial Lake and venture down the path leading to the eastern shore of the lake, where you'll see hundreds of milkweeds (two or three species).
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2019, 11:35:23 am »

They're everywhere that's semi-natural sparse woodlands or grasslands that aren't heavily mowed or manicured. If you live near Ellicott City, take a trip to Centennial Lake and venture down the path leading to the eastern shore of the lake, where you'll see hundreds of milkweeds (two or three species).

Live in Frederick.  Ellicott City is pretty close.  Need to go that way anyway, check out how they have recovered from the last big flood they had - one of these days...

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