Seeds of Friendship

Delicate, fragrant, and colorful, Bee Balm loves it here as long as it gets good air circulation to prevent mildew.  I, however, prefer to call it "Monarda".  Although I have no idea why other than I like the sound of the word as it rolls off my tongue.


As you can see, the hummingbirds love it as much as I do.  Making frequent visits to the various patches I have around the yard keeps them busy.

Something very interesting happened recently that I'd like to tell you about.  My BFFs took a trip out West.  A few days after their return she and I met for breakfast at our regular spot to play catch up.  Before we went in, she opened my car door and placed a big bag on the back seat. (She doesn't ask...she just opens...LOL!)

"What's that?"I asked.

"A bag of stuff " she replied. (whenever she finds stuff in her house she no longer wants, she gives it to me.  Although she once told me that my house is like a "Hallmark Shop,"I think she thinks of me more like a Salvation Army or Goodwill.)  Well, the bag of stuff turned out to be souvenirs for us from their trip.

Fast forward a few days later and guess what I planted? 


just seeing, saying and sharing...

Seeds of Friendship

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One more thing.  In the twenty five years we've been friends, I never told her how much I love the sound of the word "monarda." If you're not humming the theme from "Twilight Zone," I think you should now.


Betty Crow said…
I always think of bee balm as a wildflower. I like to keep my hummingbirds happy, so maybe I will plant some next year. Beautiful pictures.
Lady Fi said…
Love the name! And such pretty flowers too.
Debbie said…
awww, this is so wonderful!!! i don't have any bee balm, i should plant some for my hummingbirds!!

and i have "enough stuff" but stuff from friends is always special!!!
Lea said…
Very nice!
I have a friend named Narda, so I always think of her when I see Monarda
Have a wonderful day!
Such pretty looking flowers.

All the best Jan
Ann Thompson said…
I've heard if bee balm but I don't think I ever realized it was a flower. It's pretty
BetteG said…
Salvation Army, Goodwill or Hallmark...seeds of friendship are GREAT!
Su-sieee! Mac said…
I love your story. I wonder who among my friends would love to exchange stuff we no longer want.
You have a very good friend there. I have some bee balm in my hummingbirds yet but I'm on the watch!

JP---I want to ask you for advice. I have recently (as in last summer) put a birdbath and feeder in a section of my yard in front of some very large windows of our home. While there is a lot of shade, I have experienced birds hitting the windows. Sometimes I find some dead. My heart breaks each time. Any suggestions you have to help me stop this?

cedarmerefarm said…
I am with you. I like Monarda much better than bee balm. Monarda sounds regal somehow. Your BFF sounds like a very nice friend to have.
Whuke I have heard of bee balm and we had some when living in VA, Monarda was a new term for me. You and your friend are obviousky in the same wave length, JP. Also, thanks for your comment on our current road trip. And when we visit the National Eagle Center I will definitely be thinking of you and, of course, will be sure to take photos and post about it.
Susie said…
JP, I have never heard of this pretty flower. I love anything that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. :) Hope you are loving your summertime. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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