Beautiful Monarchs (picture by Dave Welling) Wild sunflowers signals the start of summer or sunny days in Benguet Phils. They look golden, sprawling the mountain ranges, mingling with the pine trees, simply beautiful.
Though it has the word weed in its common name, don't let that scare you away from butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Sometimes called milkweed, it's as easy to grow as a weed but much prettier, plus hummingbirds and butterflies love them!
Monarch butterflies begin life as eggs and hatch as larvae that eat their eggshells and, subsequently, the milkweed plants on which they were placed. (Monarchs are dependent on milkweed plants, which larvae eat nearly exclusively.