5 Spring Plants That Could Save Monarch Butterflies

Spring is an extremely important time for monarch butterflies. The overwintering populations will soon head north to lay the first monarch eggs of the season. These butterflies need new milkweed to feed monarch caterpillars, and nectar flowers to inspire weary females to lay the groundwork (eggs) for future generations.

Many butterfly gardeners prefer summer plants that are in their prime during the height of monarch season. But to ensure there is a “height” to the season, it’s important to provide the returning ‘migration generation’ the breakfast it needs for a productive season.

Here are 5 spring butterfly plants to consider for your garden if you want to help returning monarch butterflies get off to a flying start:

1. Spider Milkweed (Asclepias viridis)- This early milkweed variety is a shorter species that would make a great garden border for either taller milkweeds plants or nectar flowers.

A hairstreak butterfly rests its wings on spring blooming green antelopehorn milkweed (Asclepias viridis)
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  • Perennial most common in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9
  • Essential milkweed for monarch butterflies returning north from Mexico
  • Height 1 to 2.5 feet
  • Bloom time May- July
  • Purple and green blooms also attract other pollinators like the Hairstreak above
  • Plant in full sun – drought tolerant

2. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)- A low maintenance plant with fragrant purple flowers that can also be used to impart a more ‘subtle’ onion flavor into your culinary creations.

The bountiful blooms of purple-flowered Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) will attract and support spring monarchs and other important pollinators.
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  • Perennial recommended in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9
  • Colder zones can grow annually
  • Height 1 to 2 feet
  • Container garden option
  • allium plants have been shown to repel aphids
  • Bloom time April-June
  • Showy purple blooms on green stalks
  • Plant in full sun


3. Siberian Wallflower (Erysimum x marshallii)- A winning combination of brilliant orange flowers with an intoxicating aroma that attracts monarchs, other butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Click the play button to watch a feeding monarch butterfly:https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/lTZ94MCeH_U?rel=0

  • Biennial most common in USDA plant hardiness zones 3-9
  • Colder zones might try starting seeds indoors or plant annually
  • Height 1.5 to 2 feet
  • Good option for container gardening
  • Bloom time March-May
  • Vibrant orange flowers
  • Full sun to partial shade


4. May Night Salvia (Salvia x superba ‘Mainacht’)- Striking blue and purple spikes make this hybrid of S.nemorosa and S. sylvestris a winner with butterflies and gardeners alike. The parent varieties are also excellent butterfly attractors!

5 Spring Plants that could save Monarch butterflies? 'May night' salvia is an early blooming variety that can sustain monarchs early in the butterfly season. See all five spring plant ideas for monarchs here...
The Sweet Sights of Spring
  • Perennial most common in USDA plant hardiness zones 3-9
  • Perennial plant of the year in 1997
  • Height 1.5 to 3 foot spikes
  • Excellent container garden idea
  • Bloom time March-May (reblooms w/deadheading)
  • Deep blue and purple blooms
  • Plant in full sun


5. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)- One of the earliest sprouting milkweed varieties, this is a preferred spring milkweed because of its large, thick leaves that can sustain many monarch caterpillars.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a hardy perennial that is one of the first returning milkweeds to greet monarchs each spring
Off to a Rocky Start
  • Perennial most common in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9
  • Many other butterflies and bees use this as a nectar source
  • Height 4-6 feet – we have some that eclipse 7!
  • Bloom time June-August
  • Fragrant pink and white flowers
  • Plant in full sun – drought resistant
  • Can be invasive with underground rhizomes – tips to control common
  • Find Reliable Asclepias Syriaca for spring monarchs


These, of course, aren’t the only  options that can sustain early monarch generations, but they are some of the most reliable plants in my experience. They are also commonly reported to be ‘spring monarch magnets’ by other butterfly gardeners.

Source: 5 Spring Plants That Could Save Monarch Butterflies (monarchbutterflygarden.net)

What’s New on Netflix in May 2021

By Alex Ungerman‍ for ET©

Lena Waithe on Master of None
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Netflix is refreshing your queue in the month of May. Some new TV shows and movies are hitting the streaming service for your continued watching enjoyment even as the weather gets warmer.

The Back to the Future movies, Zombieland, and 2005’s Fun With Dick and Jane are among the titles to kick off the month, as May 2021 continues with the second seasons of both Selena: The Series, and Who Killed Sara? Additionally, in a bit of a surprise, the third season of Master of None is set to hit Netflix as well (Watch the Master of None season 3 trailer here) four years after season 2.

Read on below for everything new you can watch on Netflix in May.

May 1, 2021

Aliens Stole My Body
Angelina Ballerina
: Season 5
Angelina Ballerina: Season 6
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Barney and Friends
: Season 13
Barney and Friends: Season 14
Best of the Best
Dead Again in Tombstone
Due Date
Fun with Dick and Jane
 (2005)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Green Zone
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
JT LeRoy
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Mystic River
Never Back Down
Notting Hill
Open Season
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Extinction
S.M.A.R.T Chase
Scarface
Sitting in Limbo
Stargate
State of Play
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Lovely Bones
The Pelican Brief
The Sweetest Thing
The Whole Nine Yards
Under Siege
Waist Deep
Your Highness
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Zombieland

May 2, 2021

Hoarders: Season 11

May 4, 2021

The Clovehitch Killer
Selena: The Series
: Part 2
Trash Truck: Season 2

May 5, 2021

Framing John DeLorean
The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

May 6, 2021

Dead Man Down

May 7, 2021

Girl from Nowhere: Season 2
Jupiter’s Legacy
Milestone
Monster

May 8, 2021

Mine
Sleepless

May 11, 2021

Money, Explained

May 12, 2021

Dance of the Forty One
Oxygen
The Upshaws

May 13, 2021

Castlevania: Season 4
Layer Cake

May 14, 2021

Ferry
Haunted
: Season 3
I Am All Girls
Jungle Beat: The Movie
Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2
Move to Heaven
The Strange House
The Woman in the Window

May 16, 2021

Sleight

May 18, 2021

Sardar Ka Grandson

May 19, 2021

The Last Days
Sabotage
Small Town Crime
Who Killed Sara?
: Season 2

May 20, 2021

Hating Peter Tatchell
Special
: Season 2
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

May 21, 2021

Army of the Dead
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
: Season 3
The Neighbor: Season 2

May 22, 2021

Sam Smith: Love Goes — Live At Abbey Road Studios

May 23, 2021

Master of None: Moments in Love

May 25, 2021

Home

May 26, 2021

Baggio: The Divine Ponytail
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Nail Bomber: Manhunt

May 27, 2021

Black Space
Blue Miracle
Eden
Soy Rada: Serendipity

May 28, 2021

Dog Gone Trouble
Lucifer: Season 5, Part 2
The Kominsky Method: Season 3

May 31, 2021

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties

No Date Yet

AlRawabi School for Girls
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Halston
Mad for Each Other
Racket Boys
Ragnarok
: Season 2

Happy streaming !

Source: What’s New on Netflix in May 2021 | Entertainment Tonight (etonline.com)

8 Practical Tips for Weight Loss

8 Practical Tips for Weight Loss

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Changing your lifestyle for the better isn’t easy. Luckily, there are many ways to make your weight loss journey less stressful. From focusing on portion sizes to making your fridge a “healthy snack” zone, here are some foolproof tips for shedding pounds.

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Summer Beauty Tips That Will Save Your Skin

Take good care of the largest organ of your body!

1. Take and apply vitamin E and vitamin C for extra sun protection.

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  • Studies have shown that the combination of vitamins E and C used both orally and topically can be an effective form of photoprotection of the skin. According to Dr. Stafford R. Broumand, vitamin E oil works to block free radicals, which can help reduce wrinkles.

2. Pour some tea for your burns.

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Who knew tea was good for burns, right? The next time you get a sunburn, brew some black tea, let it cool (v important!), and apply to your skin with a washcloth or cotton pads. The tannic acid in black tea apparently extracts heat from sunburned skin while helping to balance pH.

3. SUNSCREEN!

Yes, everyone says this, but really, there’s no overstressing the ‘screen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. You should also reapply at least every two hours, if not more. This will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays and the wrinkles and damage they cause.

4. Get a lip balm with SPF.

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People forget about their lips all the time when it comes to sun protection, but lips are made of skin too! Make sure your lip balm contains SPF to protect your kisser.

5. Get cool with aloe.

The sap of aloe vera leaves has been shown to help heal sunburns and other types of mild burns. It also reduces peeling, so you can avoid that lizard look post-burn. Apply sap straight from a fresh plant, or you can pick up an aloe vera gel from the pharmacy. Cool tip: Pop it in the fridge for a few minutes before using for extra cooling.

6. Avoid the midday sun.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are when the sun’s rays are at peak strength. Try to avoid lounging out and getting too much sun exposure during this time. When the sun’s flexing, you shouldn’t be!

7. Cover up if you do venture out.

During the part of day when the sun is strongest, wear hats to protect your face and cover your arms and legs with lightweight cotton clothing. There’s even outdoor gear specifically designed for sun protection! Check out the UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, on the labels.

8. Fake your tan.

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So obviously the sun is bad for your skin, but a tan can look oh so summery. Instead of lying out, you can use bronzer, sunless tanner, or a spray tan to get that healthy, bronzy glow without the skin-damaging rays.

9. Keep moisturizing!

Yes, summer is sweaty and greasy and gross, but you should continue with your moisturizing regimen, says Dr. Ray Jalian, dermatologist. This is especially true if you are exposed to any air conditioning, as artificially dehumidified skin is especially drying, which makes wrinkles and fine lines more visible.

10. Dump the beads for a chemical exfoliator.

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Instead of physically exfoliating with buffer pads and cleansers with beads, dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D., recommends using a product with 5–8% glycolic acid, which will remove layers of dead skin. This will help remove accumulated pigment and create a nice, bright glow.

11. Drink tons of filtered water.

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In summer, drinking water is extra important. According to dermatologist Jessica Weiser, dehydration means weakening your skin’s protective barrier function and healing capabilities, resulting in premature signs of aging. The Institute of Medicine currently recommends 11–15 cups a day, but it really depends on your body.

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Source: 11 Summer Beauty Tips That Will Save Your Skin (buzzfeed.com)

Why the new iOS update is such a big deal

Article by Rebecca Heilweil for Vox©

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On Monday, Apple is rolling out a long-awaited privacy feature for iOS. The latest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 14.5, will prompt iPhone and iPad users to opt out of tracking in apps that monitor their behavior and share that data with third parties.

This new feature is a significant step for user privacy, as it gives people more control over their mobile phone app data and how it’s used by companies, like Facebook and Google, to target ads. At the same time, the move has frustrated app developers and tech companies that have relied on the reservoir of user data for years, and who fear they’re likely to be cut off from it in the near future.

The biggest difference most people will see with the introduction of the new privacy tool, called App Tracking Transparency, is a pop-up that appears when you open an app that tracks you:graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message© Apple

Since 2012, apps developed for iOS have used an Identifier for Advertising (IDFA) to conduct tracking across different websites and apps. Apps usually collect this identifier so they can connect the information about the user gathered through the app to information about that user gathered elsewhere, like on the web, in order to better target ads. Before 14.5, Apple mobile users were able to limit ad tracking through toggles deep in the software’s settings, but this newest update directly prompts users to approve and disapprove this tracking for every app.

With the App Tracking Transparency feature, however, apps will need users’ permission to access a user’s IDFA before conducting tracking, which could include collecting user data to sell to data brokers or linking a user’s app data with third-party data that was collected in order to target ads. These new rules, Apple has said, will also impact other app processes, including sharing location data with data brokers and implementing hidden trackers for the purpose of conducting ad analytics. Some ad industry experts believe a large number of users will opt out of tracking when the new app tracking transparency feature goes live.

The iOS 14.5 software update is considered a major win for user privacy and is expected to give iPhone users a much greater sense of the type of tracking that takes place in their devices (in fact, privacy advocates were frustrated that the tool wasn’t rolled out earlier). While Apple users had some control over ad-tracking in the past, it’s easier than ever for users to opt out of being tracked.

“They’ll see a simple pop-up that basically prompts them to answer the question of, are they okay with being tracked or not? If they are, things move on,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in an interview with Kara Swisher earlier this month. “If they’re not, then the tracking is turned off for that individual with respect to that specific app.”

At the same time, this new Apple feature has frustrated other technology companies that rely heavily on this data to support their web advertising businesses. Google has announced a number of changes to its Google ads systems following the announcement of the new Apple privacy features. The update has also led to a rather public fight between Facebook and Apple. Facebook has run a months-long media campaign claiming that Apple’s changes will hurt the personalized ads that support small businesses. The change is actually more likely to hurt Facebook, assuming many Facebook users opt out.

Apple has been running a campaign of its own, touting privacy and security as key features of its products, for years. Tim Cook, the company’s CEO, has long emphasized that Apple is not in the data business, a position that has increasingly put him at odds with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. App Tracking Transparency isn’t even the only big privacy update in iOS 14, which also includes “privacy nutrition labels” that encourage apps to provide explanations of their privacy that are easier to understand.

Aside from its privacy features, iOS 14.5 offers a few other reasons to update your software. For instance, you will now be able to set your phone to automatically download security updates, rather than remembering to do this yourself. New emoji options are available. You also now have the option to unlock your phone using an Apple Watch if the device’s Face ID cameras see that you’re wearing a mask.

The App Tracking Transparency tool won’t necessarily mean an end to all tracking, and Apple is already playing whack-a-mole trying to find and stop other workarounds for identifying your device. Still, this newest feature is a new and in-your-face way to remind users about the kind of data apps are seeking about them.

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Source: Why the new iOS update is such a big deal (msn.com)

Creating A Magical Moon Garden

As you plan your spring garden, why not create a backyard oasis with a Moon Garden that you can enjoy on moonlit night? Try these easy ideas to create yours!

by Sheryl Normandeau for Farmers Almanac©

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Celebrate moonlit nights by relaxing in your very own Moon Garden, planted specifically to show off the lunar glow! A Moon Garden is an oasis you create, whose design features plants with white flowers and silver foliage, as well as highly fragrant blossoms, and plants with blooms that open only at night. This type of beautiful sensory garden design is easy to accomplish—try these tips to create yours!

How To Plant A Moon Garden

Mock orange is a perfect addition to your Moon Garden.

Plant in big groupings. Make a huge statement with bold drifts of white flowers, which will stand out in the pale light of the Moon. Try these selections for a bright impact:

  • Snow-in-Summer (this has the added bonus of silver foliage)
  • Snowdrop
  • White Bleeding Heart
  • White Daffodil
  • Bacopa
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Mock orange (the fragrance is outstanding, as well)
  • Hydrangea
Closeup of big white hydrangea on dark background
Hydrangea

Choose The Right Foliage

Moon Garden plants
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Display plants with silver or gray foliage, or even variegated foliage. The subdued light from the Moon will beautifully reflect these colors. Try plants such as:

  • Artemisia
  • Dusty Miller
  • Variegated Hosta
  • Variegated Euonymus
  • Lamb’s Ear

Use Night-Blooming Flowers

While they don’t always sport white flowers, plants with blooms that only open late in the day or at night are often used in Moon Gardens. Four o’clocks, moonflower, and evening primrose are delightful examples. Relaxing in your Moon Garden offers the opportunity to enjoy these pretty plants that may be overlooked during the daytime.

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Plants with blooms that only open late in the day or at night, like moonflowers, are often used in Moon Gardens.

Go For The Scents Appeal

Moon Garden plants
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At night, when the light is low, it is important to appeal to other senses besides sight. The scent of some well-chosen plants is important in a Moon Garden. Consider these selections:

  • Night Scented Stock
  • Lilac
  • Rose
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Nicotiana

Add Soothing Sounds

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Small fountains and other water features create soothing sounds in your Moon Garden.

The sound of small tabletop fountains and other water features are pleasing to the ear, and moonlight will shimmer in the gently moving water. If the noise won’t annoy your neighbors, softly tinkling wind chimes may be a wonderful addition. Ornamental grasses, with their rustling seed heads and stems, are another option to bring soothing sound to the Moon Garden.

What Size Should Your Moon Garden Be?

Your Moon Garden may be any size you wish; it can be part of a larger bed or even smaller beds, joined by pathways. Consider using white gravel in walkways to further capture the effect of the light. If you have a very small space, fill containers with plants suitable for Moon Garden and group the planters together.

White flowers and silver foliage are complementary with nearly any other color scheme in the garden so it is usually easy to add Moon Garden elements to your existing plantings. Don’t be afraid to mix annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs for maximum impact. To increase the enjoyment of your Moon Garden, plan your plantings so that bloom time is staggered throughout the growing season.

Site your Moon Garden so that it enjoys maximum exposure to lunar light. Deeply shaded locations will not usually work as the light cannot penetrate. Additionally, flowers like moonflower need full sun to grow and bloom and don’t like shady spots.

When the Moon isn’t full, subtle accent lights may be incorporated. Use solar lanterns, stake lights, or LED candles to show off your Moon plants.

Don’t forget to create a seating area so that you and your family and friends can unwind after a long day and enjoy your garden in the moonlight!

Source: Creating A Magical Moon Garden – Farmers’ Almanac (farmersalmanac.com)

These Haircuts Are Going To Be Huge in 2021

By Kaitlyn Yarborough  for Southern Living©

If last year focused on natural texture and no-fuss hairstyles, 2021 is gearing up to be all that and then some. Ringing in a new year calls for fresh starts of all kinds, making it the perfect time for new hair trends to guide us straight to the salon.

We’re taking last year’s low-maintenance styling up a notch with statement-making cuts that do all the work and call back to decades past—only the fashionable ones, of course. If you’ve been wanting to make a chop, there are shaggy layers, blunt fringe, and retro styles just waiting to be shorn. (We’re talking modern updates on vintage bobs, bangs, and long cuts, too.)

Here are the trendy haircuts you’ll be seeing everywhere this year.

Blunt Collarbone Cut

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A lob that hits right at your collarbone is *the* most flattering length. Full stop. That’s all we need to say on the matter.

Textured Layers

Textured Layers
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You can add so much more texture to naturally fine hair using layers, layers, and more layers—focusing midway down the hair to the ends ensures you don’t lose too much volume. 

Short and Wild Shag

Short 'n Wild Shag

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Nothing flatters a head full of curls like a classic shag. It’s definitely the cool girl cut of the bunch.

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Source: These Hair Trends Are Going to be Huge in 2021 | Southern Living

60 Landscaping Ideas to Steal for a Magical Outdoor Space

By Caroline Pickard and Hadley Mendelsohn for House Beautiful©

Here is just a sample of the 60 design ideas waiting for you:

Photo by Trevor Tondro

Spilling Bougainvillea

A lawn isn’t the only landscape design that’ll brighten up your front yard. Madeline Stuart gives this SoCal home by architects Wallace Neff and John Byers a sense of place with agave plants flanking the entrance and blooming bougainvillea spilling over the wall.

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Mid-Garden Dining Area

Landscape designer Lisa Bynon turned her vegetable garden in Southampton, New York, into a dreamy outdoor dining area complete with a 10-foot-long table and a cedar deer fence.

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Source: 60 Beautiful Landscaping Ideas – Best Backyard Landscape Design Tips With Pictures (housebeautiful.com)