While Monarchs Have Departed The Butterfly Bush Blooms On

the nourishment
of beauty
soul food

Like Lovers Parting

monarch and flower
kissed by the sun
one final embrace
before the journey’s begun


The butterfly, cow and flower
conferring beauty
on the day

Dahlias In The Background

bookends of summer
monarchs on

Pause for Refreshment

zinnia nectar
most delicious afternoon

Iconic Pollinator

so many years
we’ve missed you
how good to see you back


seeds ready for flight
intentions set on next season’s
home for monarchs

The Garden’s Royal Couple

monarchs without wings
the king and queen
of spring


In the Northeast Kingdom
monarchs flock to the butterfly bush
before their pilgrimage south to sunny Mexico.