Calling all Monarch butterflies — make that all nectaring insects and hummingbirds! Our common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, is up and blooming its head off, sending sweet scents wafting through the air, in hopes that you’ll stop, take a sip, and carry pollen to a neighboring milkweed. These plants were photographed on the Meadow Trail at South Cumberland State Park. The day was blustery– butterflies wisely stayed out of the air. When the sun comes out, I know they will head this way for nectar — and, in the case of monarchs, a suitable place to lay their eggs. See the Friends of South Cumberland’s webpage for information about this and other trails, and activities that are available at Tennessee’s largest state park.