Friday, June 15, 2012

A Bluebird Couple

This lovely pair, the female at left and the male at right, took up residence in one of two Bluebird boxes I have in my yard.

It took about two-years to finally attract them as they are particular and shy. From my watches, they are diligent and attentive parents.

For years they've been in decline due to habitat loss, but thanks to backyard birders and parks that have Bluebird boxes they are rebounding.

Consider adding a Bluebird box to your yard. All you need is patience and all the Bluebirds need is a place.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A beautiful Bee Balm bloom

A singular Bee Balm flower blooms in my garden. But this bloom is large and exquisite. I am certain, as the season progresses, there will be many more. This one bloom though, with it's rounded head of tubular flowers, is so loved by the bees, butterflies and other nectar seeking creatures. This one bloom is a way-station for them as spring turns to summer.

Bee Balm is also called Monarda, wild bergamot and Oswego tea. Native American used it to make tea.

Plant Mondara and you will make many nectar seeking creatures happy.