No, we are not talking kings and queens here, just butterflies. While working with our church gardening crew this past Tuesday, we spotted a couple Monarchs flitting about one of the large shrubs near the back of our church property. We were struck by the beauty of their orange and black colors as they spread out against the tiny purple flowers of the shrubbery. And we wondered if they were “our” Monarchs. Last spring we had watched with great (almost obsessive) interest when a Monarch female laid eggs on our milkweed plant, beginning the complex reproductive cycle of butterflies. When the cycle was complete, we felt as if we had been part of a process that launched eleven new Monarchs into the world. This week, lacking evidence to the contrary, we decided that they were indeed “our offspring”. We stood and watched for a few minutes, in awe of the contrasting beauty of the butterflies and flowers. Then we went back to weeding, clipping and pruning.