Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is a corner of my bed of monarda, or bee balm. All of the plants are this gorgeous magenta color. When it is in full bloom on a hot summer afternoon, the flowers are filled with hundreds of bees--honeybees, wasps, bumble bees, tiny bees I have no name for. The nectar of bee balm is a favorite food source also for the ruby throated hummingbird, various butterflies, and the curious hummingbird moth.