Thursday, July 10, 2008

Beautiful Bee Balm

The bee balm is beginning to bloom. A big attraction to hummingbirds and hummingbird moths, this plant is one of my favorites. This mahogany bee balm was given to me by Jennie. She moved away some years ago but the plant remains to make me think of her now and then.

Most often you will see Monarda didyma in red, the hummingbird's favorite. It is blooming too. I also have a patch of lavender bee balm which is just beginning to open. The other bee balm that I have is Monarda fistulosa, also called wild bee balm. It is hot pink and is also just beginning to open.

We will visit bee balm again, especially if I am successful in getting a decent hummingbird moth picture.

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