Today I present part two of the great bee balm bloom explosion around here now. It's now at the peak of its bloom time. I did spot a hummingbird visiting briefly back in this patch we have in the northwest corner of our backyard but it flew away so quickly I didn't have a chance to catch him (and I even had the camera around my neck!) Note the surprise hollyhock in the midst at the front ... from the house I was convinced this was a weed, but was pleasantly surprised to learn it's another hollyhock that escaped the wascally wabbits. Next time they go marauding in the garden, I'm calling Wallace and Gromit!
Here's a closer shot of the plants at the edge of this bed, which they are now colonizing so aggressively that we may need to do some serious thinning if we find anyone who will take some and give it a good home ...
Here we have a coneflower being engulfed ... we've always had a few coneflowers back here, but they haven't been able to keep up with the Bee Balm. Just to the left you can see the pods on the Baptisia bush, which is also gradually being engulfed as well ... there's definitely some Bee Balm coming out of that area back here.
And finally, of course I had to do one close up just for fun ...I just love shooting Bee Balm. As for the color, as our garden sensei and friend always says: "The only thing better than red is more red!"