Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pruning by the book

In my February 7 post ("A better home for butterflies"), I noted that I was hesitant to prune our butterfly bushes like the book recommended. It advised to cut the canes back to within 6 inches of the ground. My pruning record is not that admirable, more chainsaw than scalpel as it were.

However, the book had it right. All three of our butterfly bushes are coming back healthy and stronger looking than ever. Left photo was taken after pruning. The right photo is today's plant.

Looks as if I get to keep my pruning shears for another season.

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