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Wild Bergamot

June 28, 2017

This is my new favorite summer bloomer.  I first saw this in of course a British gardening magazine.  I love plants that have a long bloom period, soft colors and attract pollinators.  In 2015 I planted Wild Bergamot seeds which did not come to fruition.  Fortunately, White Flower Farm added Wild Bergamot plants to their extensive inventory in the Spring 2017 catalog.  I ordered three and planted them in a part sun area. They are between some fairly aggressive Black and Blue Sage and a white butterfly bush.  The Bergamot started to bloom this week.  It is a type of bee balm, Monarda fistulosa.  I've had multiple bees feeding on the blossoms.  

 

Soft lavender Wild Bergamot  Mine are paler than the White Flower Farm photo, but I prefer this.  

 

 

Carpenter Bumble Bee on Wild Bergamot

 

  

 

   

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