For whatever reason, that, the attraction and support of monarchs, was the shape "what being a good gardener looks like" took for me this past year. I was already doing much better in the attracting bees and other pollinators department. Maybe I was just looking for a fresh challenge.
I watched and I waited and saw one monarch. The butterfly was nectaring on a lantana way across the yard from my especially prepared and well monitored monarch attracting and supporting bed. It fed there on the lantana (not even a native variety!) for some time and then it exited, stage South.
It seemed the attracting part of that new and improved bed proved itself pretty much a bust. It naturally follows the supporting part never really came into play. But I was ready! In case! Partial credit for that.
Progress has been made, the newer plants are filling in, blooming, and holding their own. Lack of monarch visits notwithstanding, I think the resulting bed looks pretty attractive. To me. The gardener. I flutter around here a lot.
So, shut up.