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Date: 12/21/2022

Number: 250

The tulip bulbs were planted at Old Settlers Elementary school’s monarch garden. The garden runs north-south. The school surrounds the garden in a U-shape (west, north, east sides) and the west side extends about 2/3rds further to the south. I mention the building shape and direction because it has an interesting impact on how light enters the garden. As the sun rises in the east, the light expands in wide stripes from west to east. Monarchs entering the garden early in the day, fly up/down visiting the flowers as they’re unveiled by light. It’s very cool to watch.

The tulip bulbs were planted just outside the fence to the main monarch garden (marked red in the picture). The bulbs run north-south 15’ x ~3.5’. The sunlight will reach them in the early afternoon each day and will remain until sundown.

A couple of days after the bulbs were planted, the temperature dropped from 30’s/40’s F during the day to 10 degrees for several days.

Flower Mound, TX

Latitude: 33 Longitude: -97.1

Observed by: Cara
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