whats up with my butterfly bush?

whats up with my butterfly bush?

it's got lots of new growth on it and last week i noticed what i could only describe as antler buds down by the base of the plant. is this a fungus? i also noticed just yesterday that some have "opened up" and theres something black in it. ive never read anything about this happening.
Thank you!

Thank you!

The New Garden Bed

The New Garden Bed

Plant ID help

Plant ID help

Sunroot (Jerusalem artichoke)

Sunroot (Jerusalem artichoke)

Yard Waste Mushroom Experiment

Yard Waste Mushroom Experiment

A fungus among us

A fungus among us