Where did my butterfly go?

I have been on a weed-pulling mission. Every chance I get I go out and try to clear an area. After several exhausting sessions I finally made it to the perennials I planted last year.whirlingbutterflies

I planted monarda and they multiplied. Not as fast as the dandelions, but they did multiply. As I kept going, pulling with wild abandon, I found a rose bush and a perennial tag. You know, one of those plastic ones that come with the plants. This one said Whirling Butterflies. I had totally forgotten I bought that plant last year at 
the nursery across from my son David’s house. I bought several unusual plants last year when I was supposed to be helping him at the house.

Problem: I found no whirling butterfly plant in my garden. Where could it be?

At first I thought it was on a weed pile somewhere. Then I read that sometimes they don’t winter over. I thought I didn’t pull them out!

So what’s the moral here? A few words of advice for all you weeding fiends:

Think before you rip.

Or know what you plant.

Or stop weeds before they start.
No matter. I’m off to the gardening store for a replacement.

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