But­ter­fly bush

RTÉ Guide - - Interiors -

Last week­end, I cut the but­ter­fly bush in my gar­den right down. The re­cent bad weather had made it no­tice­ably tatty, so I fig­ured it was time for a tidy. I chopped it back to about four inches above ground level, on each stem. I had to use a strong lop­pers as the growth had be­come quite woody. It took me just over an hour. The va­ri­ety is ‘Black Knight,’ which has a gor­geous dark colour and gives me a fan­tas­tic dis­play ev­ery sum­mer. By cut­ting it back hard, I hope the plant will be re­vi­talised, al­though we had close to 100 flow­er­heads at one point this year, which at­tracted lots of but­ter­flies.

I spread a bag of rot­ted ma­nure around the plant and I’m look­ing for­ward to lots of new vig­or­ous growth next sum­mer, as well as lots of flow­ers and but­ter­flies.

Mar­garet Breen,

Co Wex­ford

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