|White Profusion Butterfly Bush.|
They enjoy sunlight and need watering in this climate.
Mrs. Ichabod was so impressed with the Butterfly Bush outside our bedroom window that she asked for another one outside the kitchen window, both on the west side of the house. I guessed that would have to wait until spring, but fall planting of bushes is a good idea.
I checked Amazon - and Colonial Farms, new to me, had a White Profusion Butterfly Bush for $10 with shipping. That had to be a small one, but the plant would have fall and winter to put down roots and set up an exchange system with the fungi, which need carbon, in exchange for various forms of nutrition and water.
The current news on Hurricane Matthew offers stupendous figures about its size and possible destruction. Close to home, the activities of plants and microbes astonish even more. Roots and root hairs stretch for miles, as fungi strands do. The complexity and inter-dependence is all the more impressive because so much activity takes place at the microscopic level. Every living thing, plant and animal, is created and engineered to do its job without hesitation, complaining, or rest.
The plant was very fresh and hydrated, but I soaked it in rainwater anyway - overnight. Rainwater is the best and most gentle fertilizer and never burns. The next best would be earthworm castings, which cost quite a bit more per pound.
I woke up to rainfall, plenty of it, and a break from rain - when Sassy told me to take her for a walk. She did not say anything, just blocked my exit from the bathroom by stretching out on the floor.
The plant looked perfect when I fished it out of the rainbarrel, after our brief and drippy walk. Sassy probably felt heavy rain on the way and barked me to stop after 1/2 block.
When I scraped soil aside for planting, it was dry as dust, after a recent rainfall and the current one. We are supposedly 8 inches short of rain this year.
I poured rainwater in the hole and planted the tiny bush in a few minutes. Next I spread a sheet of newspaper over the plant, with a hole torn out for the plant, a bib or collar to hold in moisture and let rain and sunshine come down. I had leftover wood mulch, so I put some on the newspaper, then added small logs on each side of the plant. The logs keep us from walking into the tender plant and uprooting it. Wood and newspaper on the soil encourage soil creatures, and logs provide a shelter for toads.
| The Butterfly Bush compound flowers attract bees, butterflies,|
and beneficial insects. They smell like candy and can reach 12 feet tall.
BUDDLEIA: BUTTERFLY BUSH EXTRAORDINAIRE
by Claire Hagen Dole
History of the Butterfly Bush
Easy to Grow
|Butterfly Weed is not related, except for the first word.|
Butterfly Bush attracts Monarchs.
Butterfly Weed hosts the larvae, I am told.
|From Norma Boeckler|