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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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June 3: Picture of the Day

June 03, 2010 at 04:29 PM

For the past two weeks, I’ve walked into work past this smug little milkweed.

The thing has me mental.

Let me explain. For three years now, I’ve been trying to get milkweed established around my house. Yes, trying. My wife likes monarch butterflies and there’s nothing better to attract them and feed them than milkweed. While I realize that concept would have my farm grandfathers rolling over in their graves, I actually kind of like milkweed. Or at least I used to like the common bane of farmers everywhere.

But despite dumping thousands of ripe seeds and entire pods around my yard, I’ve only managed to get the plant to grow in one flower bed where we don’t want it to be. That bed adjoins the yard of our neighbors and is front of the house. Not the ideal place for milkweed.

Then again, that’s par for the course with weeds. They grow where you don’t want them. Then taunt you.

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