Water what you already have

Tropical Milkweed

Tropical Milkweed

Another lesson from my garden:

I was going to go buy more milkweed plants for the monarch butterflies who are camping out in my yard. But I kept thinking of all of the milkweed plants I had put into the ground last year. I went searching for them, and found dozens with tiny leaves unfurling.  They have been dormant for months, but are now ready to grow again.
It’s been dry lately. So I started watering these budding milkweeds. “Water what you already have.” This is going to be my motto for 2015.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Hyacinth (Rosa) on May 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    A very wise motto.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on May 30, 2016 at 8:21 am


  2. Sue on May 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Love this. I have lots of common growing, as well as swamp and prairie in my native sanctuary garden. I have had the humble pleasure of raising and releasing over 1700 monarchs as I move into my 16th year. They have taught me so much about life.
    Plenty of dill has already been gifted with black swallowtail eggs, which I also help on their journey. They over winter in chrysalis and I’ve had that amazingly humble pleasure as well.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on May 30, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Hi Sue,
      I have been putting out fennel for the black swallowtails too.
      I love being with the butterflies – and connecting with others who wonder with them is such a pleasure!
      Thanks for writing, may we always be surrounded by the blessings of the butterflies. 🙂

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