A few years ago Piper transplanted some wild milkweed to our backyard flower garden so she would have a ready source of food for any monarch caterpillars we might find and raise and in the hopes that we might someday provide a place for monarchs to lay in our yard. It really takes the weed part of its name to heart and what started out as one or two little plants has now turned into a dominant feature of the garden. Her Aunt Anne also introduced her to the domestic variety when she kindly put the same garden back in order for us providing another source of nectar. This week their efforts payed off we got our first documented monarch visitor to the patch. As an added bonus the bees are mad for it and have been foraging all week.