Monday, September 1, 2008

Blue Butterfly

Look what bloomed for me today. This is Cleredendrum ugandense or blue butterfly bush. It is not hardy here in zone 8a. This one is grown in a container and overwinters in my greenhouse. The bush is about four feet tall, but I have read that in areas where it is hardy, it can grow to 10 feet. This little flower makes me happy.
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13 comments:

  1. Debbi, I do the same thing, grow stuff that isn't hardy in this zone. I guess you always want what you can't have. I've had pretty good success wintering plants over in the garage.
    That blue butterfly is really pretty, I don't think I've ever seen one before.

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  2. What a lovely little blue bloom. I don't blame you for wanting to keep this one for the garden.

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  3. It's a very pretty flower. It's good to grow something that isn't fully hardy - makes it that little bit special if you can keep it going over the winter.

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  4. Blue is so pretty in the garden. I have never seen this flower before..is it hard to find?

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  5. Hi Nola, I got it at the nursery I used to work at. The flowers were just to cute to resist. I need to put it in a bigger pot.

    Thanks pgl.

    Easygardener, I absolutely agree. It does make them more special

    Meadowview thymes, I got it in dallas. The grower is Monrovia. So I wouldn't think it would be that hard to find.

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  6. Mine is getting ready to bloom, but I know the wind is coming and the rain. So I doubt it will show itself before the wind and rain knock it down...
    Brenda

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  7. Hi Brenda, Hope the storms are not to bad but bring needed rain. I am hoping they make it here.

    Deb

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  8. Dee/reddirtramblingsSeptember 1, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    It would make me happy too. Such a pretty little flower.~~Dee

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  9. I am so sorry about sparks flying! Glad no one was hurt. What a mess. I think your neighbors are super good to fill up your compost bin and I love your rabbit hutch too. Enjoy the rain as we have none here:(

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  10. Tina, thanks. So far there has been no rain.

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  11. That little flower would make me very happy too. I haven't heard of it before but it's really pretty and something I'd try to overwinter too (although I have plenty of things in that category already!)

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  12. HI kathleen, it has overwintered in the greenhouse just fine for me for three years.

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