An Ode to the Monarch
Each year, thousands of monarch butterflies embark on a great migration.
As a child of the 80’s, growing up along the migration path of the monarch butterfly I have spent summers being fascinated by this butterfly, but I have also seen its decline firsthand. Something that was so magical as a child, is now a rarity to see during our summer months. In the last year alone, the population of monarch butterflies has decreased by 53%.
Every winter, monarchs fly from Canada to the high mountains of Mexico for hibernation. Along this journey, the females lay their eggs on milkweed plants and these caterpillars become the next generation of pollinators. Monarchs hibernate for three months in Mexico before they begin their 2,500 mile return north.
Their travels can be arduous as the Monarch Butterfly is now considered endangered. In the 1980’s there were approximately 4.5 million monarch butterflies, now it’s estimated that fewer than 20,000 remain. Experts ask that their migratory path be conserved. This is where you can help.
The butterflies need the milkweed plant to lay their eggs. Silk Laundry and I are making strides in helping the species and call all friends of Silk Laundry to aid me in this mission.
To protect this magical butterfly, plant milkweed seeds and actively engage in rebuilding their migratory path.
- Katie Kolodinksi
We are gifting Milkweed Seed Packets with all Canada orders.
The Swamp Milkweed is a wetland wildflower and can be found in moist meadows, pond edges and fields located in direct sun to partial shade. A mature plant can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and blooms with a pink flower cluster between July and early August.
The flowers are always covered with many species bees and butterflies, including the monarch, making them vital garden contributions. The Swamp Milkweed is an adaptable plant, with a capability to thrive in a range of soils from wet to moderately dry, and can be grown in a large pots.
Planting your Swamp Milkweed
The swamp milkweed plant should be planted in the fall or winter, though it is known to grow in the early days of spring in some climates. The milkweed seeds can be planted both in a garden or a pot and requires full sunlight and minimal watering. The swamp milkweed will germinate within 4 - 8 weeks.
You should plant your seeds in groups of 3-6 in areas of direct sunlight. Once germination has occured, water lightly in the morning until the roots take hold; this can take up to 10 days from germination. Once rooted, the swamp milkweed does not need much watering, with capabilities of striving in a majority of climates.
It is rare for the swamp milkweed to bloom within its first year, but don’t let that discourage you! Thankfully, monarch butterflies still feed (and even lay eggs) on still developing milkweed plants.
90's Silk Slip Dress Monarch - Coming March 2021
Raise awareness this Spring with the release of our limited run Monarch Butterfly 90’s Silk Slip Dress
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