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.

Planets of plentitude

Getting one to survive in our distinctively un-boggy backyard proved to be a logistical challenge, until Anne came up with a novel solution:

Past its prime

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.

Can you spot the caterpillar in this picture? (I didn’t even notice it until the image processing stage.)

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.

I’ll bet you can see him now. (Same image as above,cropped and color contrast enhanced.)

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.

With a bit of imagination, these might look like exploding planets. (Engage warp drive!)

Symbiosis of the most mechanical variety, made in industrial heaven.

BONUS b&w: a crocus (or something)

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