Buddleja, or butterfly bush, is not a particularly beautiful shrub, being far too leggy and with straggly foliage that is lackluster gray-green. When not in full bloom, it resembles nothing so much as a large weed. But I have always wanted one because it is such a magnet for butterflies, hence the nickname.
So yesterday I bought one, a large pot so I could place it on my back patio to observe any visiting butterflies, and happily spent the afternoon getting filthy as I filled up pots, watered, weeded, and whacked at things until Nature submitted to my loving ministrations.
Satisfied, I assumed I would have to wait for a few days at least for the arrival of the butterflies. I mean, how would they just know the new bush was here?
But in less than 24 hours, our first visitor arrived!!!
I am amazed at the wonder of nature, that such a simple miracle could happen with such ease. Put out a bush and the butterflies know in only hours that it is there.
Now if I could just take a decent picture with the proper focus -- THAT would be a miracle.