We had an island in the middle of the side yard that consisted of 4 Sweet Gum trees. They were hovering above Power Lines and dropped limbs constantly. Georgia Power would not cut them because they were not touching the lines. However, they would gladly come out and cut trees and reattach my power lines if and when the trees cause damage. I guess they do not believe in preventative medicine! Well, I do believe in preventative medicine so the trees had to come down!
We ended up with this nice oval island. Only down side was, now I could see the huge boat shed from the patio as well as the office window. The shed serves it purpose to keep the boat dry and clean but I think it is such an eye catcher in the yard.
Next step was adding pea-gravel to the walkway. A few bags later and that job was completed and I was happy.
You know from a previous posting on Pine Straw, that would be my choice of coverings for a finished look. You will also see a small circular rock border in this picture. That is a Cypress sapling that popped up in my dad's yard in TN. He gave the Cypress tree to the Saint and we planted it in the island. It will probably outgrow this area but we will just add on to the island in the future if need be.
We now had a nice little island for Butterflies and Hummingbirds to stop by and visit.
I have shown you all these past pictures to let you see how quickly the island developed in one season. I started the pathway project in March 2006 and the above pictures were taken from then until Sept 2006. Yes, it all grew that wonderfully in just 6 months time!
Below is the island today! This is the view from my office window. I don't even notice that ugly boat shed as my eyes are always turned towards the island!
I prune the bushes back to about 2 feet tall each spring to keep them from growing into the power lines. Just look at them now! I am shocked as to how quickly they grow and bloom each year. And look at that Cypress Tree after only a few years! I have a posting in the works for that in the future.
I found the butterfly bushes at a very popular big box store for $2.50 each! I found them the previous Fall. Dave over at The Home Garden is always looking for bargains. I would have to say this is my best bargain to date Dave! I have 3 more butterfly bushes that are not doing as well because they are in a shaded area and have too much water from spring rainfalls. I need to relocate them to another area at some point but this island is full.
The Butterfly Bush Buddleja is a great bush for me as it meets my criteria in the garden. Drought tolerant, blooms from late spring to fall, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
I have 3 different colors of butterfly bush but not sure exactly which ones they are. Coming from a big box store (that sells groceries, hint) does have its disadvantages such as no proper tags!
This pretty soft purple could be a 'Peacock' or a 'Claret Purple'. Humm, I can only wonder which...This pretty purple bloom could be called a 'Black Knight' or a 'Purple Emperor'. Humm, any guesses? See the bee?
One thing is for sure, this pretty white bloom belongs to the 'White Bouquet' butterfly bush! I have documented many different types of butterflies in my little Butterfly Island. Stop back by tomorrow to see them!