Time on the moon this morning around 7:30. After Sophie (age 10) led us though another gorgeous meditation, no one moved or spoke for 15 minutes. Everyone just stared out until a duck came by and someone remembered they were hungry for breakfast. #magicmoments ✨ #artcamp#meditation#calm#lakesimcoe#artcamp2018
Brief moment of zen as I email out wedding questionnaires, order trailer parts for Moira Rose, pick up prints from my lab, pack things to take to my new apartment and determine the best route to take to meet with a venue partnership tonight ! All good things... like ripples in the water.
Butterfly bushes are beautiful and PERFECT for attracting butterflies but you do need to know a bit about their preferences and requirements to achieve maximum success:
1.Butterfly bush need full sun- a minimum of 8 hours of bright sunlight.
2. Butterfly bush need perfect drainage. Their roots are sensitive to rotting, and if they spend any amount of time in wet soil, they can be set back or even die. Most of the time, if you lose a butterfly bush after winter, it wasn’t due to low temperatures or snow or ice – it was because the plant sat in cold, wet soil in fall or spring.
3. Prune in spring, after the new growth emerges. Many people cut their butterfly bush back in autumn, as part of their fall clean up. But particularly in cold climates, this can leave your butterfly bush more susceptible to damage over winter. Do not prune until you see green buds on the stems. Make your cuts just above where big, healthy leaf buds have formed. It can take several weeks into spring for new growth to show up - be patient and resist the urge to cut them back too early.
4. Be patient. Butterfly bushes tend to be one of the later plants to leaf out in spring. Even if everything else in your landscape is turning green, that doesn’t mean you’ve lost your butterfly bush. Many people recommend waiting til as late as Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June) to be certain their butterfly bush perished. It can be very surprising to see how quickly a butterfly bush can recover, even if it takes that long to come back!
5. Don’t overwater. Particularly if you have clay soil, watch watering carefully. If you have an irrigation system, be sure it’s not inundating your butterfly bush. Signs of overwatering include weak stems, fewer flowers, and dieback.
6. Avoid fall planting. Because butterfly bush may get a bit of winter damage in cold climates, it’s best to give them as long a time as possible to get established before they face the challenges of the cold, wet season.