I bought Butterfly Bushes for two reasons. One was to screen the view of the houses behind us. There I have two Bonnies, which are reputed to grow very tall.
I planted a White Profusion near our bird feeders, to attract butterflies while enjoying a view from close-up. We have seen more butterflies all the time since the Whtie Profusion grew so tall and full of blooms.
Butterfly Bushes need watering and sunshine. Supposedly the watering needs of the plant will decrease when established, but this area is notorious for ending the summer with heat, humidity, and no rain. We were fairly dry again at the end of this summer.
The White Profusion near our window was blessed with stored rainwater and the soaker hose that runs out to the fence. I also dumped the dirty birdbath water on the bush at regular intervals, getting back my investment in birdseed.
The plant transformed itself from a weak little bush this spring to a 9-foot tall woody shrub now.
The squirrels used it as a ladder to their food but found the branches easy to break at first. The birds were also flummoxed by the flimsy branches. Now every creature is happy, and the Butterfly Bush is the waiting room for the feeders:
- Sunflower seed platform
- Finch seed, squirrel-proof feeder
- Hanging sunflower seed feeder
- Hanging baskets with six pounds of suet in them.
- Wild Strawberries
- Butterfly Bushes
- Rugosa Rose (for shade)
- Willow Bushes
- Pokeweed (for birds and beneficial insects)
- Praying Mantids (hatched the eggs, turned them loose)
- Dutch White Clover - now most of the lawn
- Trumpet Vine
- Morning Glory Vine
- Honeysuckle Vine
- They need money.
- They need plans.
- They need an organization.
- They need time.
|Three Promises -|
1. The Word never returns empty.
2. The Word always accomplishes God's purpose.
3. The Word always prospers God's plans.