West Coast Seeds And then, while looking at the wild flower blends, I came upon a Butterfly Garden blend. One thing lead to another, of course, and hours later I was prompted by Pat, that it might be time to make the supper. On the topic of the butterfly garden... I had saved a pod of seeds from the milkweed which is the flower that the monarch butterfly larvae feed. I have planted the seeds. I hope they grow. But, the plants are available from nurseries, too. The monarch butterflies recently suffered a reduction in numbers when there was a killing frost in their Mexican over wintering home. There is someone on our Island who breeds Monarchs and releases them. I am not seeing them ... I guess I don't have any milkweed plants for them.
As you can see, over the past week, I have been all over the map, with my hobbies and interests. In addition to the above I now have my copy of the Amen Solution. My brother, Dan, mentioned this book to me, with regard to weight loss. I was down to Russel books to pick it up, after they had ordered the paperback version in for me. The on-line only had the expensive hard cover copy. Its an interesting book. Dr. Amen is probably making a fortune on his books and solutions for weight loss. I won't link it. If you want it, you will find it. One of the foods mentioned in the book... after a very quick scan ... was stevia. I googled this and find that it is a herb, called sweet leaf. The seeds are available but hard to germinate, and it is annual. The made up portions are actually less expensive than the seeds. This is a herb that the Japanese and South Americans have used for years. I believe a derivative of it is used by the Coca Cola company in a specific brand of their sodas now.... but I could not be bothered to follow up on that, as all Cola products and Pepsi taste like dirt, to me. I seldom drink pop or soda or soft drinks of any kind. Was interesting to see them using stevia as a sweete4ner, though.
On a completely different tangent, as I returned home from my walk today, I noticed an empty beer can thrown on my front garden. As I picked it up, I noticed a snowdrop in bud in the front garden! This is January? right?