Like many of you, I plant stuff without doing a lot of research.
Take the herb/flower Bergamot (Monarda) for example. Last year I planted some from seed in the butterfly garden. It grew into a bunch of low, leafy plants that never flowered and eventually died back in the winter.
No butterflies. Very disappointing.
This spring I finally got around to looking up how this plant grows and found out it’s a biennial. Produces only leaves in the first year and flowers and goes to seed in the second.
Sure enough, come April, the plants took off again, this time growing thin stalks 6 feet tall. Last week they began to flower and they’ve been kicking it ever since.
Monarda aka bergamot and bee balm in bloom in June
Monarda / Bergamot grows up to 6 feet tall
Bee on a bergamot flower in the butterfly garden
Still no butterflies, but daaaang, there’s a lot of bees.
Of course if I had done my research up front, I’d have known the plant is also known as “bee balm” and “butterfly balm.”
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.