Bathrobe photography: Buttonbush
The buttonbush, aka common buttonbush (scientifically Cephalanthus occidentalis) makes a fine backyard plant here in N. TX — if you can feed it enough water. In its native habitat, it prospers in boggy wetlands.
Getting one to survive in our distinctively un-boggy backyard proved to be a logistical challenge, until Anne came up with a novel solution:
She planted our specimen near the drain from our air conditioner compressor, to which we then attached a pvc pipe angled downward and off to the side, near the base of the bush.
During the six months of the year we are forced to rely on the electric company to keep our domicile habitable — which also happen to be the driest months of the year — the buttonbush receives ample watering through no additional effort on our part.
The result is that butterflies, sphinx moths, bees and assorted other nectar-feeders congregate in this quadrant of our yard to enjoy the abundant food source produced by the buttonbush.
Symbiosis of the most mechanical variety, made in industrial heaven.