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Bee balm

Bee balm flower

Look who bloomed in our absence!  Every gardener has a sentimental favorite flower, and bee balm is mine.  In the past, I've loved bee balm because it attracts hummingbirds.  This year, with our new bee fetish, I'm curious to see if the plant lives up to its name when it comes to honeybees.

If you're like me and vastly prefer vegetables to flowers, bee balm is the perfect flower for you.  You can toss this mint-family perennial in the ground, and once it picks up steam it just keeps growing and blooming.  I tend to weed my bee balm beds every year or so and spend the rest of my energy just watching the flowers open all summer long.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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