I have a butterfly bush in my garden. It is Not Doing Well. It is leggy. It is spindly. It has been infested by some sort of leaf-eating pest. It looks worse and worse every year. I have pruned it. I have top-dressed it with compost. I have moved it. I have talked to it. I have Had It . . . and, in fact, I recently made the decision to Get Rid of It.
Yesterday, though, when I went out to get the mail, I saw this. . .
This Swallowtail Butterfly did not care that my butterfly bush is spindly.
It did not care that my butterfly bush is leggy.
It was, in fact, unconcerned that several leaves have been munched by a pest.
This Swallowtail just enjoyed gathering nectar from the (few) beautiful and colorful blossoms on my butterfly bush. For this Swallowtail, my garden offered exactly what he needed! It was perfect.
The butterfly bush. . . has been redeemed!