This summer is a learning season for me. What is native? What is not? Why does it matter? It matters that native plants and insects evolve together. They work together as a well oiled ecosystem.
What about the non-natives that have been here for a long time? No one really knows but they suspect that non-native plants do not provide the same nutrients for critters that natives do. I am more comfortable saying that plants that evolve together know how to work and live together. I see that. I feel that.
As for the rest. Well -we always come back to the story of the monarch and the milkweed. They were definitely made for each other. For now I will observe and read and enjoy the journey through Summer here in Central Maine.