Monday, August 17, 2015

This Butterfly Bush Shows How Nature Adapts

Butterfly Bush on its Side
Many years ago I planted this butterfly bush from a four-inch pot. It grew to be taller than I am. Then last year the wind blew it down. At the time I was recovering from surgery and I could not do anything about it. It was still alive, but part of the plant's roots were exposed on the ground's surface. About all I could do was try to keep the exposed roots watered for a while. But the plant remained on its side.

Now, this year, those formerly exposed roots have dug deeply into the soil and you can see that new branches (from center to right) are growing upright again. If you look closely toward the right side, you can still see the part of the plant that fell growing sideways. During the dormant season   I will probably trim the fallen part away and have an interesting upright plant again. Nature knows how to fix plants that have problems. You can click the photo to enlarge it.

For comparison, this photo shows how the plant looked in January, shortly after it blew to the ground. You can see its exposed roots on the right. This is the same view of the plant as the one above, except for the seasonal flower and leaves. The bare branches on the ground in the middle are what you see the blooming branches growing upright from above.