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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Sea of Bee Balm!

 My favorite flower of summer is Bee Balm, hands down. It is so beautiful and blooms around the 4th and all throughout July. I planted a garden of it some years ago in our driveway and it has thrived.
When I was out taking these pictures I found a few species of bumblebees, this is a large one busy at work...
 and then I looked over and saw a very rare Hummingbird Moth hovering about drinking some nectar from the flowers! There were also honeybees, butterflies, hummingbirds and smaller bees partaking in the feast as well.
Such a beautiful perennial flower also known as Horse Mint, Monarda, Bergamont and  Oswega Mint . The Native Indians used it for a medicinal plant as well as teas. If you plant it, give it room to take over, it loves to spread out and share it's beauty!

4 comments:

  1. Love this - it's been a very long time since I've seen a Hummingbird Moth. Next year I'm planting Bee Balm for sure - I may have to start a new bed, though, since I have so much shade. Thanks for this post!

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  2. Gorgeous! My Bee Balm is going gangbusters, and smells so great. Our neighbors bees hang out in our garden for most of the day...lol

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  3. There actually were 4 Hummingbird Moths!

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