Minty fragrant leaves of Monarda didyma (Scarlet Bee Balm) had emerged by the first week of January, but unlike so many plants that bloomed early this year, Monarda is beginning to flower at exactly the same time as last spring. I have been watching and waiting for several weeks now for the first red flowers to appear, but for this eastern North American native yesterday was soon enough.
Some lovely pictures of your Monarda. 🙂 I didn’t notice until this year how long they need to get to flowering point. Mine have tiny buds now!
Thanks. I’ve been wondering for a long time where the hummingbirds are and thought I might start seeing them if Monarda were in bloom. Perhaps they’ll stop by this week. Hope yours will do well.
Beautiful pics of beautiful flowers. Our’s will not be in bloom here until mid to late summer.
Thank you. Something to look forward to then. It’s interesting to follow the growing season in your area. Things seem to have really taken off there.
Love the photos. It is going to be a while until my monarda blooms.
I appreciate that! Thanks. I love the color and structure of these flowers. Good luck with your monarda this year.