Last spring I was at The Anita Gorman Discovery Center and was delighted to find a buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a shrub native to this area.
When I went on the Miami County Farm Crawl last May, I stopped at a nursery and brought home three buttonbushes.
I wasn't sure where to plant them and since they like water and they don't mind even living in water occasionally, I set them in the creek so they wouldn't dry out by the time I returned the following week (or um, weeks).
Sometimes I'd find this....you know, after it rained. Then I'd have to track the missing ones somewhere down the creek. I don't think they were very happy to have more than their roots submerged in water.
And I don't think this guy was happy about me removing him from a submerged pot, his newly claimed home.
He finally had enough of me (and our staring contest) and then backed away quickly right back into the creek. Just like that. Gone.
I also bought another buttonbush somewhere along the way last year, a small one, and that one stayed in my backyard for the summer and then surprised me with one bloom. One day it looked like this...
...the next day it looked like this:
And that's when the bugs discovered it because that flower was sticky sweet with nectar. The flower was so sticky, if you disturbed a nomming insect, it had a hard time lifting its feet to get out of the way.
Eventually I got them planted in a row on a bank beside the creek but kind of late in the year. I wasn't so sure they would survive my bad treatment of them...
...but they did. And at the end of March, they had already started putting out their fresh new leaves in their new, finally permanent, home...