When I started loading these photos, I thought I was going to have yet another Mystery Plant on my hands. I spotted this one with a recent trip to the lake. The blooms caught my eye and I was thinking this bush needed to be in my GEORGIA GARDENS.
Research tells me this is a Button Bush (Cephalanthus Occidentalis). Here is a photo of a bloom beginning to pop open.
Another bloom further along.
And yet another bloom even further along.
As you can see, this bush is thriving in the lake water but also can survive in moist soil in gardens. This bush provides food for ducks, bees butterflies and even deer eat its leaves. I have never seen one of these bushes before and found the blooms most awesome. They are located all over the eastern USA and if you Click HERE you can read an interesting story about Button Bush being Landmark #492 in the San Joaquin Valley!
Too bad we are normally under drought conditions in my garden or I would have a BUTTON BUSH, In the Garden...
My Calendar tells me it is Oct. That means, time to get out the Sewing Machine and make a Costume for the Clarksville Humane Society's Wags to Witches Fur Ball....
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