When the front yard flowerbed was being planned, I planted a wild bergamot (also known as bee balm) plant in there. It’s actually a common wildflower across much of the country, but it’s not super common in my area.
Because I would notice a plant this gigantic.
Wild bergamot is a member of the mint family, is a perennial (my favorite type of plant), and the leaves have medicinal properties. As
huge weird-looking unusual as the plant is, the flowers are gorgeous.
And when they call it ‘bee balm’ they are not fooling around.
With all the bad news floating around about honeybees, I love seeing them all over this plant. At any given time of day, there are usually a dozen of them on the bergamot. Honeybees and bumblebees alike.
They also spread their little bee-love to the other plants, like the blue hyssop in the above photo. Then they hit the petunias, pansies, and St. John’s Wort.
The plant also attracts moths and butterflies by the dozen.
The front yard is bee heaven right now. Apologies to anyone allergic to bees.
See you later!
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