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Monday's Flower - Butterfly bush

Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly Bush was my pick this week for Monday's Flower because I was so delighted to see a Butterfly Bushlovely Monarch Butterfly.  As you know, the Monarch Butterfly population has declined.

The Butterfly Bush is a perennial and comes in a variety of colors.    An easy plant to grow and will multiple.   it is important to cut it back in the Fall or early Spring. This plant can grow very tall and wide..

Here is a guide to planting and maintaining your Butterfly Bush.

Besides watching the Butterflies, I also use the Butterfly Bush for cut flowers.

While doing a bit of research I ran into an article about why you should not plant Butterfly Bushes; it caught my attention and it does have some valid points.  This plant attracts Butterflies but is it a good plant for Butterflies?  Read and draw your own conclusion.


I love gardening and look forward to the blooming plant during the Spring and Summer.  I am also passionate about real estate, so if you are looking to sell, or buy a house in the Mid Hudson Valley I would like to represent you. Find  homes for sale in the Mid Hudson Valley here.












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Comment balloon 18 commentsJennifer Fivelsdal • August 18 2014 04:01PM


Jennifer, what a beautiful plant!  And yeah, the whole butterfly thing is complicated.  My book group read Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior.  It was fabulous.  Highly recommended.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Pat the decline in the butterfly population is very noticeable.  I was so excited to see this one.

 Sound like an interesting book by Barbara Kingsolver.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 6 years ago

Pat -- this is an incredible photo.  The butterfly is beautiful.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

I love to see butterflies in the garden. Can't think of a better way to attract them than a Butterfly Bush.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Jennifer, I have 3 butterfly bushes and love to watch the butterflies enjoying them. Thanks for the link for mantaining the butterfly bush.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 6 years ago

Hi, Jennifer...This bush is so easy to grow, and if people planted more of it, the butterfly population might come back. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 6 years ago

Joan thank you.

Tammie I only regret I seeing so few butterflies.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 6 years ago

Love the monarch butterfly, Jennifer. You captured a good photo.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) over 6 years ago

Jennifer I love Monarch Butterflies too and what a fantastic photo moment!, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 6 years ago

Jennifer that is a gorgeous shot and would make an excellent picture to frame and hang up on a wall.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago

Jennifer, very beautiful photo! Unfortunately the butterflies aren't out and about now because it is pouring rain here. Thanks for the beautiful sunny photo.

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs.

Home buyers and home sellers will be in good hands when they use your professional services.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

I can recall plants similar to these growing at my grandmothers home when I was young.  They were very low maintenance and bloomed like crazy!

Posted by Karen Mathers - REALTOR®, When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221 (Keller Williams Vero Beach) over 6 years ago

I really like this photo Jennifer. There is something so peaceful about a butterfly.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 6 years ago

Hey there ,

wow! that's just a great photo...

thanks for sharing!


have a great day!

Posted by Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243 (Red 1 Realty) over 6 years ago

Jen, these are some of our favorite bushes, the hummingbird, bees and butterflies love they come in wonderful colors.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

Jennifer - Love the pic! I hope you're having a great weekend.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 6 years ago

Hi Jennifer - a very nice photo and the butterfly bush is a nice addition to your garden which obviously allows you to enjoy it for multiple reasons.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 6 years ago

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