Bee Balm’s Beautiful Bracts

What appear to be petals on this bee balm (Monarda punctuata) are really bracts (modified leaves usually associated with a reproductive structure). The flowers themselves are white with purple dots, giving rise to common names like spotted bee balm and…

The Birds & the Bees

Bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other insects are all important pollinators. We are in the midst of pollinator week -- June 16 through June 22, 2014, so bee nice to our pollinators ... Minimize (or void) the use of…