2015, fast slipping away from us, could be remembered as the year of the Milkweeds. Hundreds of thousands of us sought to learn more about milkweeds, asked advice about milkweeds, searched for them online, at nurseries and quizzed their friends: Do you have milkweeds that you are willing to share? This army of Monarch lovers planted milkweeds in their gardens and in promising other locations, by the millions. Did all this bring dividends? Sure looks like it played a role in the good numbers of Monarchs that took off and headed down from the East and Midwest, down to Mexico.
Milkweeds, in many US households, are now synonymous with Mom, Apple Pie and Santa Claus. They bring joy, fulfillment and a sense that America is working to fix itself.
Here’s another member of a worthy family of wildflowers. I know Monarda and I know Bergamot. Phil brought me to this exotic member of the same family that Bee Balm belongs to, here in Hard Labor Creek State Park, in central Georgia. Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) I can say that I spent many minutes captivated by this Monarda, it looking almost otherworldly. A new one for me, and for almost all of you.
Monarda’s blooms nourish ruby throateds, fritillaries, swallowtails, skippers and a host of other butterflies. These Georgia blooms stuck out as different, and refreshingly so.
Thanks Phil and Thanks to the beautiful Georgia State Parks.
4 thoughts on “A Monarda Few Have Ever Seen”
You’re correct. I’ve never seen a Monarda let alone a milk weed. I have to quit procreating my long desire to find out about the milk weed plant; at the same time learn something about Monad.
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What is this magical Whidbey Island, whose beauty is beyond belief, without even having milkweed and monarda??
What a grand discovery. This plant is on endangered list in our neck of the woods. Something to watch closer for when hiking and fielding near home. Also perhaps get some seed and plant it locally to try and help boost the population the same way we are boosting milkweed populations. Beebalm is a favorite to butterflies and other insect pollinators and is well loved by hummingbirds.
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Thanks monarchmama. I was just thrilled to see . . . a new monarda. Didn’t know that they could be found in western NY state = you’ve just got to keep your eyes open . . . .
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