Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: June 16, 2017

In it's Impressionistic Garden

Monarda Bee Balm

by nature rules

Flower Photos Contest Entry 
One Monarda Bee Balm ... not completely open on its first blooming week...with others in the shadows.

These plants are 36-48" tall x 18" wide.The color of this plant is called Raspberry Wine and it blooms with wine-red flowers in mid-summer. An uncommon variety it is highly attractive to hummingbirds and has good vigor in the garden. It spreads prolifically in the right soil. It's root system is shallow and spreads wider than deep. It is easily transplanted to create new gardens and blooms no matter how young the plant is. I have it planted in an area that is 75% shade and it does very well zone 4. As it's name is loved by bees... and hummingbirds and butterflies. It is one of the first sprouts appearing in the spring and carries it's lovely scent immediately..blooming or not. It is my favorite scent in my entire garden... with lavender and honey suckle a close second. Thanks for viewing.

Post Type Mixed Media Photography Mixed Media Medium
Light Room: visited repeatedly throughout process to control saturation, clarity and contrast. Elements 12: smudge tool and Topaz adjust smoothing and Topaz Impressions: oil paint filter.

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