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Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:37:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: LisaH <lwolfe75...>
Subject: Re: [MassLep] milkweed by any other name

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How wonderful that your Mother and uncle shared their love of wildflowers
with you that way! And I think your idea about the conservation issue is
great!

Lisa

On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:12:38 AM UTC-4, Lucy Merrill-Hills wrote:
>
> Hi Brian and all other butterfly lovers,
>
>
> Here are my thoughts in answer to your proposal to change the name of
> Common Milkweed:
>
>
> When I was growing up, my Mother taught me all the names of the native
> wildflowers, (which she did not refer to as weeds), as her Mother had
> taught her. My Mother and late uncle each made a collection of local
> wildflowers, pressing them into a notebook on one side of the page, with
> their common names, Latin names, where and when they were found, and their
> bloom time. On the opposite page, there is a paragraph or two describing
> the leaves, stem and flowers, as well as uses for the plant. Common
> Milkweed was not one of her local flowers, but seventy two other plants
> were. I have never associated the word "weed" with noxious, and think of
> Common Milkweed as a native plant, so I am okay with leaving the name as it
> is.
>
>
> As far as answering the question about how I have contributed to the
> well-being of butterflies, here is my answer to that:
>
>
> In the past dozen or so years, I have been trying to attract butterflies
> to my garden and to other gardens by planting a variety of plants
> attractive to bees and butterflies. My gardening views have changed
> dramatically in the past few years of looking for butterflies, making me
> more aware of how important it is to have native plants for egg, larvae and
> butterfly needs. I planted several gardens at Boston Nature Center, and for
> the past three years have been deadheading the Buddleia in their butterfly
> garden. I also like to photograph butterflies and post those photos on my
> Facebook page. Many of my friends ask questions about my butterfly posts,
> which I am happy to answer, as a way to educate people about butterflies.
>
>
> Perhaps the Massachusetts Butterfly Club would consider working together
> on a conservation issue to help the butterflies of Massachusetts as next
> years' project.
>
>
> Lucy Merrill-Hills
>
> Roslindale, Ma
>
>
>
>
> On September 13, 2017 at 6:58 PM brian cassie <cas......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
> Okay, peeps, I got it. It will take an effort and since that is something
> you don't want to do, it's a bad idea, a joke, a waste of time. By the way,
> when did you (the people who have written me so far) do anything
> substantially beneficial for butterflies? Butterflies provide for your
> entertainment. What the heck have you done for them? I invite everyone who
> reads this post to answer here, not to my personal email, something they
> have done to help the butterflies of Massachusetts. Chasing after them
> doesn't count.
>
> Brian Cassie, Foxboro
>
>
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<div dir=3D"ltr">How wonderful that your Mother and uncle shared their love=
of wildflowers with you that way! And I think your idea about the conserva=
tion issue is great!<div><br></div><div>Lisa<br><br>On Monday, September 18=
, 2017 at 7:12:38 AM UTC-4, Lucy Merrill-Hills wrote:<blockquote class=3D"g=
mail_quote" style=3D"margin: 0;margin-left: 0.8ex;border-left: 1px #ccc sol=
id;padding-left: 1ex;">

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<div><p>Hi Brian and all other butterfly lovers,</p><p><br></p><p>Here are =
my thoughts in answer to your proposal to change the name of Common Milkwee=
d:</p><p><br></p><p>When I was growing up, my Mother taught me all the name=
s of the native wildflowers, (which she did not refer to as weeds), as her =
Mother had taught her. My Mother and late uncle each made a collection of l=
ocal wildflowers, pressing them into a notebook on one side of the page, wi=
th their common names, Latin names, where and when they were found, and the=
ir bloom time. On the opposite page, there is a paragraph or two describing=
the leaves, stem and flowers, as well as uses for the plant. Common Milkwe=
ed was not one of her local flowers, but seventy two other plants were. I h=
ave never associated the word &quot;weed&quot; with noxious, and think of C=
ommon Milkweed as a native plant, so I am okay with leaving the name as it =
is.</p><p><br></p><p>As far as answering the question about how I have cont=
ributed to the well-being of butterflies, here is my answer to that:</p><p>=
<br></p><p>In the past dozen or so years, I have been trying to attract but=
terflies to my garden and to other gardens by planting a variety of plants =
attractive to bees and butterflies. My gardening views have changed dramati=
cally in the past few years of looking for butterflies, making me more awar=
e of how important it is to have native plants for egg, larvae and butterfl=
y needs. I planted several gardens at Boston Nature Center, and for the pas=
t three years have been deadheading the Buddleia in their butterfly garden.=
I also like to photograph butterflies and post those photos on my Facebook=
page. Many of my friends ask questions about my butterfly posts, which I a=
m happy to answer, as a way to educate people about butterflies.</p><p><br>=
</p><p>Perhaps the Massachusetts Butterfly Club would consider working toge=
ther on a conservation issue to help the butterflies of Massachusetts as ne=
xt years&#39; project.</p><p><br></p><p>Lucy Merrill-Hills</p><p>Roslindale=
, Ma</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><blockquote type=3D"cite">On Septe=
mber 13, 2017 at 6:58 PM brian cassie &lt;<a href=3D"javascript:" target=3D=
"_blank" gdf-obfuscated-mailto=3D"YeAcjG6pAwAJ" rel=3D"nofollow" onmousedow=
n=3D"this.href=3D&#39;javascript:&#39;;return true;" onclick=3D"this.href=
=3D&#39;javascript:&#39;;return true;"><cas......></a>&gt; wrote:=
<br><br><div dir=3D"ltr">Okay, peeps, I got it. It will take an effort and =
since that is something you don&#39;t want to do, it&#39;s a bad idea, a jo=
ke, a waste of time. By the way, when did you (the people who have written =
me so far) do anything substantially beneficial for butterflies? Butterflie=
s provide for your entertainment. What the heck have you done for them? I i=
nvite everyone who reads this post to answer here, not to my personal email=
, something they have done to help the butterflies of Massachusetts. Chasin=
g after them doesn&#39;t count.<div><br></div><div>Brian Cassie, Foxboro</d=
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