I dare you to try to kill a butterfly bush! I have just finished pruning 3 of our 7 butterfly bushes. I pretty much take them down to nubs, they are buck naked when I am done. The whole time I am cajoling them and apologizing for the haircut and trim. The first time I suffered through this process, and suffer I did. I was sure I had just tortured and killed one of my favorite plants, lol.
Steven kept assuring me they would be perfectly fine, I had my doubts. I probably drowned the poor thing making sure it never got thirsty while it was gathering its strength to push out new shoots. I was out everyday giving them a pep talk and letting them know I was here for them. No pressure really, I just wanted to see some green action. I think they were enjoying the attention, lol that butterfly just wanted to see me sweat!
Here, take a look at how drastically they are pruned…..
This yellow one, don’t let it know but it is not my favorite. Shhhh, the blooms are very unimpressive. We planted a Hemp Tree to the right of it and as it grows the yellow will slowly disappear. Planticide, I know I am terrible, the guilt is already getting to me……
But see, this is the sister of yellow. Steven stuck a branch in the rotted out center of the eucalyptus and boy did she like it. She still needs a little more manicuring, which Steven gets to do when he gets home. Seriously, speaking of haircuts, this is a butch job huh?
Okay, so after I have cajoled and pleaded, sweated and apologized repeatedly, my butterfly bush finally is satisfied that I have learned my lesson! It starts out with just a few shoots, doesn’t want me to get too excited or cocky. I continue to compliment and encourage daily. Oh yeah, this is just what they wanted. I am into my 3rd week of graveling when I come home from work and behold…….
How resilient these beauties are! I refuse to let them know I am on to their game, lol. The price I pay is so worth the effort. In a week or so they will be in full bloom again. This is one of the many reasons I absolutely love to be outside in my garden. It is a love affair that never disappoints, tires, or takes for granted. We rub along together giving and taking in equal measures, perfectly content with each other.
So get out those shears and give your butterfly a haircut! It will thank you later….. Cyn