06.29.2019 A balm for bees and hummingbirds

Steve Schwartzman’s horsemint post made me go looking for a bee balm of my own.  I have never posted one and this is from 2008.  Long time in the wings.

We have these in our raised bed garden mid-backyard and get to see bees, of course, hummingbirds, hummingbird moths and a variety of butterflies. I believe this is Monarda didyma which is a non-native often sold at garden centers.  Our native Wild Bergamot  (Monarda fistulosa) is more lavender in color and a bit smaller in bloom.

The Bee Balm in winter.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 06.29.2019 A balm for bees and hummingbirds

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Love that you’ve shown the seasonal contrast.

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  2. I like the illumination of the lower right leaf.
    The dried-out seed head remains of our horsemints also often last through the winter, though of course normally without snow.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    The simplicity of the second photo is pleasing. I’ve come to appreciate seed heads for their own sake; they often appeal to me as much as the flowers. They last longer, too. I have some dried basket-flower seed heads in a vase that are going into their third year.

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    • Not a seed head, but related to longevity…I placed a dried autumn leaf in my old Webster’s Unabridged International Dictionary, over thirty years ago and it preserved quite well until I looked at it recently and it crumbled in my fingers. My mother used to work at Merriam-Webster in Springfield, MA and I got dictionaries, thesauruses, and related books for presents during that time.E. Britannica too. The yearbooks stopped once she left work.

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  4. Wow, brilliant! Glad you found this! So interesting to see the contrast in the snow.

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  5. Stunning colors on the first. Mother nature consistently outdoes us. And a complete switch to minimalism in the second. The juxtaposition of textures is quite pleasing.

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    • Some of us age better than others. 🙂 The first time I saw these I was driving down a road and had to come to a quick halt. This was before photography and we had to stop. The folks on a porch behind all the growth called out to not pick any which we wouldn’t have done but I guess others had. We just enjoy ours and have never picked a posy of them.

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  6. Have you ever tried eating this plant? The fresh leaves are really good as a substitute for basil leaves in pesto. The leaves can also be dried and used to make tea, which is so yummy! I like to use the petals for a garnish as well.

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