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The bee decline or colony collapse is real and while scientists still debate all the reasons why, we can be proactive and plant to attract bees.  Bee friendly gardening is one of the top trends for 2014 gardening.

Monarda aka Bee Balm (I know, makes sense doesn’t it?!) is one of the top bee attractors and beautiful to boot!

Monarda 'Jacob's Cline'

The above picture is my Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’.  It’s a gorgeous red that smells marvelous and, although it was supposed to stay put, does not.  That’s very typical.  I don’t mind because this beauty did not get powdery mildew and it also survived our brutal winter.  Many  of my other newly planted perennials did not.

I just received another lovely monarda that will take the place of a zone 5 coreopsis I tried known at ‘Mercury Rising’.

Monarda - Balmy Purple

Monarda – Balmy Purple

From Ball Horticulture comes ‘Balmy Purple’ monarda that’s a dwarf variety, reaching just 12 inches tall, making it great for the front of my border.

Here’s a list of neonicotinoids and their brand names from Honey Love.

 

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