Please leave the milkweed that may be growing in your yard alone. To some it is a weed but to bees it is a much needed food source and it is the where the monarch butterflies lay their eggs. The plant provides food for the caterpillars that will eventually become butterflies.
We often replace native plants with the few varieties we find in nurseries. We need to grow more native plants for pollinators.
I am not complaining but last winter was a bit wimpy by Minnesota standards. I found scilla blooming along an alley in Saint Paul on Sunday. (The blue flowers above) Home sales are brisk, partly because of the warmer weather. The picture was taken downtown in mid-April a few years ago. Let’s hope that this April is kinder.
The Saint Paul Winter carnival starts tomorrow. Can spring be far behind. (yes) The picture was taken in Rice Park which is where several carnival events take place. I enjoy the parades and the ice carving contests the most and seeing my neighbors come outside for awhile.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from my family to yours.
The photograph is of the tree in front of the Union Depot on E. 4th street is downtown St. Paul