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In April, I wrote about the pruning of my very large hydrangea bush in a post entitled Before and After. What a difference! It seemed that the rambunctious bush had been brought into hand. However, just a few months later, the hydrangea is every bit as large and boisterous as it ever was.

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And as always, the bush is a magnet drawing a host of pollinators. Bumblebees are the most numerous visitors. On a sunny day, the hydrangea seems to have a voice of its own, with countless bees at work on its lovely white flower heads setting the bush abuzz.

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You’ll find a selection of pollinators portrayed on last year’s post, Pollinator’s Choice. Butterflies love the hydrangea flowers as well. A Question Mark, Viceroy, Northern Crescent and Viceroy were all featured last year in Butterflies Too. To that list, I can add an Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma). It is very similar to the Question Mark. Both are named for the small silvery ‘punctuation marks’ on the under-surface of their hind wings.

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The Eastern Comma lacks the dot that gives the Question Mark its name. Here’s a photo of the Question Mark from last year’s post for comparison.

The silhouette of the closed wings also demonstrates the source of a common name for these butterflies: anglewings. Below is a photo of the Eastern Comma with wings spread.

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At the corner of the house, there is a very large PeeGee Hydrangea bush. It hasn’t been pruned for a number of years and was getting out of hand. My friend Tony, master pruner extraordinaire, kindly dropped by to give the shrub a trim this week. Thinning out the dense growth and deadwood should help to extend the hydrangea’s healthy life. It is much beloved by pollinators, who would appreciate Tony’s care of their favorite bush if they knew. Capone enjoyed watching the work progress from his spot in the window.

It’s quite a transformation. The wood pile behind the bush was invisible before the trim. It will be nice to watch it leaf out this spring.

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