|A bee's-eye view of scarlet bee balm, Monarda didyma|
The short story on bee balm is: it's easy to grow, there are species suited to different growing conditions, plus some people consider it a herb as much as an ornamental flower. (I'm using its ornamental qualities as a medicinal tonic for my mood right now. Please think healing thoughts!)
I'm afraid the short story is pretty much all you'll get from me today – except for this big bunch of pictures. For another inspiring look at this flower, head over to Janet Davis's The Paintbox Garden.
|At Sarah's country schoolhouse, pale purple Monarda fistulosa is making pretty patterns with phlox and echinacea|
|Taken last month in the display garden at Joy Creek Nursery near Portland OR – I'll share more from that trip soon. You might be able to figure out the species and cultivar, and you will get growing information, from Joy Creek's online catalog|
|A compact pink cultivar, also taken at Joy Creek. Monarda is generally hardy from Z4-9, so works in Toronto, too.|
|Bee balm isn't just for bees. This patch at Oregon's Westwind Farm Studio was a hummingbird magnet. |
Plant it, and see who comes to call.