Friday, 23 July 2021

The Butterfly Returns.

 Buddleia originated in China.  They are also called the butterfly bush.  If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, back yard or allotment plant a Buddleia.  Sedums attract them to.

The Buddleia was used to reinforce  newly constructed railway embankments with their roots.  I noticed a lot of them growing wild near Temple Mead train station in Bristol when I visited Dorset in 2018.  Perhaps their ancestors came from bomb sites in the second world war?  

I make cuttings from mine every year and you can also let the flowers go to seed and sow them next Spring.  I think they like to spend time frozen in the fridge to make them jolt into life and germinate.

Here's one I planted twenty years ago:



Can you see the butterfly?


10 comments:

  1. Yes. I can see the butterfly. He's called Maurice and he comes from Stoke-on-Trent. I have a buddleia in our garden that is more than twenty five feet high. It wrapped itself around an old apple tree and climbed up to the sky.

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  2. Is Maurice a Robbie Williams fan YP? I have some large specimen buddleias like your one. Some people cut them right back in March and this creates a profusion of new growth and flowers in the summer time. Does your Buddleia attract lots of butterflies?

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    1. Yes it attracts Romanians, Syrians, Afghans and the bloody French too! Maurice is actually a big Kansas fan and he likes Pukka pies.

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  3. Maurice sounds a cool butterfly. He's got good Prog Rock music taste.

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  4. There is a large Buddleia hedge at the end of our street. It is always buzzing with bees every time we walk past.

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  5. Buzzing with bees. Yes JayCee they attract the bees along with the flutterflies. What colour is the Buddleia?

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    1. It is the common purple one. We have lots over here. They seem to do well in our climate.

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  6. Thanks. They like our climate very much. They are quite easy to root from cuttings. I must look for a red Buddleia. I could have my very own Manchester United Buddleia Bush.

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  7. Gosh, I wish you could visit here and come for a walk with me and identify all our plants. I love putting a name to them all.

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  8. Hi Linda. You can get plant identifier apps on your mobile phone. Google play have them. I have Pictture This on my phone. It costs about twenty Euros a year. You just take a photo of the plant and it identifys what it is.

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