• Various/Onna Carr


My first memory of plants was of the whil-i-gigs or “airplane” seeds of a sycamore tree. I remember standing underneath an oak’s branches, picking up the seedpods, throwing them in the air, and watching as they spiraled down in beauty and amazed me that such a small thing could grow into such a big difference as I rested in the shade of the seed pods’ parent.

As Itime has passed, I have come to like milkweed, which I found to be one of nature’s beautiful confetti. I especially appreciated milk weed after discovering that they are the plant the monarch butterflies enjoy the most. As more people plant milkweed in their gardens and in their public gardens, both saving the monarchs and raising awareness to their plight, I am filled with wonder that again, such a small thing can make a big difference, and feel I am in the shade of that oak tree yet again--surrounded by flying flurries.

Photo 2 courtesy of and used with permission of B.

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