I love my butterfly bush!

United States
June 18, 2017 2:59pm CST
When we had the landscaping done 3 1/2 years ago I asked for a pink butterfly bush, that was at the top of my list. I told the landscaper I wanted it planted where I could see it from the living room windows. Since I was battling sciatica at the time I couldn't get outside to 'supervise'. Since all the plants were young and small I couldn't tell one from the other from the window. In the spring when the butterfly bush started leaving out I realized he planted it in front of the guest room window, not where I had told him to plant it. Well, as you can see from the size of it, he probably did me a favor planting it in the wrong place! If it had been where I wanted it (in front of the railing) by now it would have totally blocked my view! Sometimes mistakes aren't really mistakes at all!
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@Hatley (143464)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Jun
that reminds me of a house we looked at years aog lookiiig to rent but it had bushes and vines at every window so instead it was \eerie and sort of scary, musty I said no we do not want this yet my hubby had liked it. If all hat stuff concealing the windows had'been trimmed back they could have rented that house in a flash.
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• United States
18 Jun
That is in front of the guest room which also have one of those half moon windows above the regular windows...Lots of light. A dark house can be remedied!
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@marlina (52405)
• Canada
20 Jun
Patsie Hatley @Hatley I can only imagine all the spiders that must have been inside the house! Good thing that you did not rent that one.
@LadyDuck (95243)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
Landscapers and gardener never listen, but not all mistakes are finally bad.
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• United States
19 Jun
Very true...he did make a lot of other mistakes - like buying two trees that he was to plant, calling and asking for the money for them but that he couldn't plant for a few days and then he never came back - we had to hire another person to plant them.
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@LadyDuck (95243)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill Our landscapers planted several bushes that I did not ask, we still lived in France and came to check once a month. When we finally moved here, I have removed some and planted what I wanted.
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@marlina (52405)
• Canada
19 Jun
@LadyDuck That was not very smart of your landscapers to plant things that you did not ask for.
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@jaboUK (48301)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Do you get many butterfly visitors?
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• United States
18 Jun
Many.and the big ones.
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@jaboUK (48301)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill That's great - I get mainly Red Admirals in my garden.
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• United States
18 Jun
@jaboUK I don't know the varieties of butterflies
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@Jessicalynnt (48309)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Jun
I am glad it worked out! And it really is very pretty!
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• United States
19 Jun
Thanks...now I wish I had a few more put in - in front of the garage....but the spaces are now taken.
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill nowhere else they could go?
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• United States
20 Jun
@Jessicalynnt No, we have all TN River Rock instead of dirt/mulch and we have enough bushes that stay green in winter, so we don't need to add more.
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@Marty1 (16156)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 Jun
That is a good quality that you have of finding the positive out of the negative! I find you an inspiration!
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• United States
20 Jun
Well thank you, I appreciate that. I figure, only one life, might as well try to be positive right?!
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@Marty1 (16156)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill Your good-naturedness is starting to make me want to live like that! I do tend to look at the negative side. But am going to try and change that!
@just4him (70289)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jun
It's beautiful and yes, well placed.
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• United States
19 Jun
And since we are so far off the road, now that its big you can see it a good distance.
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@just4him (70289)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill That's great. Does it attract a lot of butterflies?
@paigea (18901)
• Canada
18 Jun
Very pretty. Does it bloom all summer? Sounds like the landscaper knew what he was doing.
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• United States
18 Jun
Yes it will bloom till fall....Blooms get smaller later in the season
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@paigea (18901)
• Canada
19 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill Very nice.
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@PatZAnthony (10519)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Jun
It really looks pretty right where it is @AbbyGreenhill Guess that is where it is supposed to live.
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• United States
20 Jun
Thanks...Yes it is where it belongs.
@LeaPea2417 (10656)
• Toccoa, Georgia
19 Jun
That was a good mistake he made. It looks real nice.
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• United States
19 Jun
Yes, it was , thanks!
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@sugartoes (25426)
• Greencastle, Indiana
19 Jun
you have a awesome garden there I would LOVE to have a butterfly bush in mine as where I can see it bush out like yours but I haven't had any luck with one I've bought 3-4 of them & NONE of them have made it as of yet. Your so right it's a GOOD thing it was planted where it is cause they DO get BIG if they aren't trimmed back every so often but I would LOVE to have a bottle brush instead or one NEXT to a butterfly bush if you haven't seen one here you go
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• United States
19 Jun
I usually trim it back in fall, but last year decided against going that - so that could be why it's so big this year. I tried the bottlebrush one and it didn't take. I like this one better.
@Susan2015 (16250)
• United States
18 Jun
I don't think I've ever heard of that before. But it is so very beautiful.
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• United States
18 Jun
Thanks...I had not either u til we moved south.
@JohnRoberts (27681)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Jun
Does the bush attract much wildlife like birds?
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• United States
18 Jun
Only hummingbirds....Not sure they really get anything!
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@Corbin5 (58500)
• United States
18 Jun
That definitely was a mistake that was of great benefit. I had a butterfly bush in the yard in our other house, but do not have one here. Yours is lovely.
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• United States
18 Jun
Thanks..It was just a foot high when put in!
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@1creekgirl (6014)
• United States
18 Jun
That's a beautiful plant! I haven't head of that.
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• United States
18 Jun
The are very popular in our part of the south.
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@amadeo (36669)
• United States
18 Jun
they is no where you can get some cutting from this and placed it there?
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@sharon6345 (83409)
• United States
18 Jun
That is beautiful.
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• United States
18 Jun
Thanks...Did you change your name ????
@jstory07 (53470)
• Roseburg, Oregon
18 Jun
That butterfly bush looks really pretty.
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• United States
18 Jun
I wish it smelled as good !!
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@JESSY3236 (4045)
• United States
20 Jun
pretty. I was wanting to get one, but I ended getting zinnias asters and snap dragons instead.
• United States
20 Jun
This comes back every year so it was worth getting it and I wanted it to be seen from the road. I love snap dragons - Dolly Parton's aunt gave me seeds one year.
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@marlina (52405)
• Canada
18 Jun
That is a beautiful butterfly bush that you have there Abby!
• United States
18 Jun
I love it thank thanks!
@sueznewz2 (8055)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Jun
it's lovely... I'd be sat at it for hours trying to get butterfly photos lol...