|dame's rocket (with a few columbine)|
|four-spotted skimmer on dame's rocket|
|four-spotted skimmer on twig|
The folks at Journey North have just started to report monarch butterfly sightings in Minnesota, so that may have been what flitted past me yesterday that looked like a monarch. Maybe our recently planted milkweeds will be of some use to our arriving migrants from the south. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency just emailed a useful piece on Planting natives for beauty & biodiversity. If you read this blog with any regularity, you probably know I'm a firm believer in local food, local economies and indigenous flora and fauna and peoples so I know dame's rocket is nonnative and even considered invasive by some although I couldn't find it listed on MNDNR's Invasive Terrestrial Plants list nor on MNDOT's Noxious Weed list.
Minnesota could, I believe, do its citizens and its environment a fair amount of good if it consolidated the listings from its departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Transportation and whoever else may have any sort of jurisdiction over invasive species. The kind of problems that can arise from lack of coordination among public agencies is clearly reflected in today's article on Mesabi Academy and the failure of public oversight. Also, as noted previously in postings on My Minnesota, some of us believe Minnesota has way too many public entities responsible for water and not one entity responsible for coordination and oversight.
The Human Seasons
By John Keats
Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;There are four seasons in the mind of man:He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clearTakes in all beauty with an easy span:He has his Summer, when luxuriouslySpring's honied cud of youthful thought he lovesTo ruminate, and by such dreaming highIs nearest unto heaven: quiet covesHis soul has in its Autumn, when his wingsHe furleth close; contented so to lookOn mists in idlenessto let fair thingsPass by unheeded as a threshold brook.He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,Or else he would forego his mortal nature.
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