Butterfly Weed Card with Monarch – Milkweed Joy

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Orange butterfly weed and monarch butterfly mandala art printed as a 5.25″ by 5.25″ square greeting card includes envelope and free shipping. Makes for the perfect greeting for a butterfly lover or planter of milkweed. If you’re mailing you card and would like me to add the correct USPS first class stamp to the envelope, please choose that option from the menu. An additional charge will apply.

Butterfly weed card with monarch butterfly digitally printed using archival pigment inks on silky, bright white, acid-free paper. Folded card is 5.25" by 5.25" and comes with a beautifully made, bright white envelope. The photograph I used to create the butterfly weed mandala is printed on the back of the card with the photo location. Interior of the card is blank and the paper is super smooth, not slick, and takes gel, ballpoint, and other inks well. Perfect as a note card, any-day card, birthday card, or thinking of you for a gardener, child, biology teacher, or anyone who loves monarch butterflies, plants milkweed, grows native plants, or is concerned about sustainability. The card and envelope are packaged together in a plastic sleeve and mailed in a stiffened mailer.

Framing. This butterfly weed card is created using high-quality materials, such as might be used in a museum. The print is sharp, bright, and frameable. To protect the vibrancy of the artwork, I frame using UV glass or acrylic, and I recommend it. If you use plain glass or acrylic, make sure you hang this sweet, little piece and all your beautiful art away from direct sunlight.

Postage. Because irregularly shaped mail, like this square butterfly weed card, must be canceled by hand, the U.S. Postal Service requires extra postage to deliver them. Special "butterfly stamps" carry the exact right postage to mail your bee card within the U.S. If you would like me to stamp the envelope with a butterfly stamp so it's ready for you to mail, please choose that option from the menu.

About the Art. The mandala art on this card, titled Milkweed Joy, started as a photograph of orange butterfly weed growing at the end of my driveway on Pleasant Hill. Butterfly milkweed (or butterfly weed) is a native plant found just about everywhere in the U.S., with the exception of Nevada, the Pacific Northwest, and the northern most portion of the Great Plains. It's a wonderful host plant for monarch butterflies, which as caterpillars are dependent on milkweed for food. Butterfly milkweed's orange flowers also provide nectar for adult monarchs, other butterflies, and a wide range of other pollinators including bees, wasps, and flies.

Butterfly milkweed is adapted to open fields that are a little on the dry side. Its long taproot allows it to flourish where more shallow-rooted native plants can't survive. That taproot also makes butterfly milkweed hard to move, though, so if you grow it in your pollinator garden, try starting it from seed sown where you'd like it to establish. Make sure you chill the seeds in the fridge for thirty to sixty days first to break their dormancy. And remember, a tattered milkweed plant, stripped of most of its leaves, has been supporting monarch caterpillars and is never ugly.

Additional information

Weight 0.0375 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .05 in
Stamp the envelope?

No, Yes

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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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