Buttonwillow   Leave a comment

The buttonwillows in the lower pasture have become victims of the fire and drought.  Buttonwillows, sometimes called buttonbushes, are one of my favorite large bushes/small trees.  They are magnets for butterflies and bees in the spring, when their branches are loaded with round little blooms like tiny spaceships.  That is when I can get pictures like these, featuring a tiger swallowtail.

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We’ve spotted some struggling to regrow in the old spots, and I have a few in pots.  I’ve been intending to plant them out, but it’s just been too dry for them to survive.  The forecasters, however, are predicting a very wet winter — if El Nino continues to strengthen.

Come on, El Nino — hang in there!



Posted June 17, 2015 by stablewoman in Uncategorized

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