Kim Johnson has started a Color Crazy Challenge. It is tons of fun. To see the simple rules you can click here Kim’s Color Crazy Challenge Week 5 Blue and Purple. Anyone is welcome to join.
These purple Bee Balm blooms were in my deck spring garden. I never tried to transplant them into my yard garden. Now I wish I had of, they are suppose to return in the spring, a perennial. But I did not know that when I purchased the plant. Should have done my research. Did you know it is a member of the mint family? And like other members of the mint family, Bee Balm can become invasive, but you can keep your clump contained by dividing it in either spring or fall. Bee Balm plants should be divided every 3 years anyway, to keep them looking neat and compact. Dig up the root clump in the early spring, trash the older, inner portions, divide the remaining parts and re-plant the new divisions 12 to 15 inches apart. Good luck gardening.
Lovely post. Very nice flower.
Thank you so much Pamela.
This shot is honestly so perfect, it could win a contest.
Awww you are too kind my friend. Thank you!
It seems that the desire to plant it in my garden is not possible even though the flowers are very beautiful.
Sorry about that but you can enjoy my photos!
Of course, I really enjoy it.
Gorgeous flowers and photo! Unfortunately, I’m not good at gardening, but I love plants.
Thanks Ellie. I wasn’t for years then I started out small and it grew from there. Start with a small deck garden.
If invasion would come in the form of this beauty then I don’t think I will mind haha the blooms are beautiful.
You are kind, and I would have to agree with you!
This is a very beautiful shot
Thank you Sammy, on my deck in the garden.
Very pretty flower and color! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for your kind comments, I like the color as well.
Good to know ,, thank you my dear!
You are welcome, thank you for visiting.
Thank you for sharing so much information. And this fresh flower can bring a little heat in these cold winter days to you. Watching only the great picture and hoping for the spring to come.
You are so welcome Elenka. Yes the spring will be here eventually!
Lovely shot, Carol, and great instructions! We call it Monarda here, and yep it is a mint, which explains its thuggery 🙂
Yes, the leaves are so much like the mint plant I have.
….”Bee Balm (Monarda) is an old-fashioned favorite perennial. Bee Balm is deer resistant, easy to grow and will attract pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Monarda (Bee Balm) are a showy group of native and hybridized wildflowers.”
Is that what they make bee balm chap stick with I wonder. I love their pretty little halos, great shot. Thanks for entering this beauty into the challenge!! Its fabulous.
Possibly I will research that Kim. Thank you!
Still looking for the chapstick info…Bee Balm leaves and flowers and stems are used in alternative medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. An medicinal infusion is used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, and gastric disorders, to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, to relieve flatulence, nausea, for menstrual pain, and insomnia. Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus). Externally, Bee Balm is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections. Bergamot’s distinctive aroma, found in both the leaf and flower is wonderful for use in potpourri.
Looks like natural beeswax is used in making the chapstick Kim.
I need to grow this. Wow, what great uses. Okay then beeswax well, (giggles) I was close it had the word bee in it.
Yes it is a great plant to have in your garden.