Button Up

Buttonbush flower with antenna hairs in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Buttonbush flower with antenna-like pistils (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

The first thing I think of when the white mid-summer pom-pom flowers of our native button bush emerge is Horton (of Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss) the elephant walking around with his microscopic community; all thriving in a fuzzy, miniscule orb atop a delicate stem.  Yet, no one in the jungle of Nool; not the kangaroos, not the monkeys, not even the evil vulture that snatches the tiny planet of Whoville from Horton and drops it miles away in an open meadow, believes that this little orb could be home to any living thing.  Perhaps I embellish with thoughts of a colony living in a flower head, but button bush does provide lodging and sustenance for a small population of our native fauna and insects . . .     [Read more…]

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