Practitioners of folk medicine make the flowers of bee balm (Monada didyma) into a poultice for bee stings. The leaves and flowers also make a tea that's thought to help sore throats and headaches. 'Pardon My Cerise', shown here, is an ornamental bee balm.
Bee balm, also known as Oswego tea, explodes with floral fireworks in summer. This variety is ‘Raspberry Wine,’ beloved for its burgundy-tinted leaves that resist powdery mildew. Flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bee balm (Monarda didyma) makes a terrific addition to a cutting garden. Place plants in full sun to part shade with consistently moist soil. Rabbit- and deer-resistant plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and 14 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Look for bee balm in a host of colors and plant sizes—there’s one to fit any spot in your garden.
Bee balm (Monarda didyma) is a buffet of color and activity in the garden, beckoning all kinds of pollinators, including hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees. This bloomer kicks off the flower show in midsummer, ultimately sending up multiple flowers from a single stem. It makes a great addition to a bouquet, lasting a week or more in a vase. Bee balm comes in a host of colors, including pink, lavender, purple and red shades. Choose varieties that have good powdery mildew resistance. Look for varieties from short to this average size ‘Raspberry Wine’ bee balm, which grows 36 to 48 inches tall by 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Author Carrie Brown’s “Bees’ Tree” was inspired by our endangered pollinators. Hand-felted bees nestle between pine boughs and sprigs of rosemary. Small electric lights make the tree even more "buzzworthy."
This unbee-lievably cute bathroom is both fun and elegant. Plenty of natural light comes into the space from two French doors that open onto a private balcony, while the cool patterned wallpaper brings life to the space. The clean lines of the cobalt blue sink with clean, white countertop make the space feel sophisticated and modern, while the gray penny-round tile adds a calming aspect to the busy walls, tying the design together.
This dazzling print by Picturality is the perfect home accessory for a glamorous decorator with a love of nature. With gorgeous gold, a chic honeycomb pattern and that adorable bee, this print says trendy all over.
Opt for ‘Busy Bee’™ if you’re planting in a small space or container. This miniature hybrid tea has very good resistance to cold and stands up well to summer heat and humidity. The flowers start out apricot, peach and coral, gradually fading to light and hot pink at the edges. For best results, keep the plants deadheaded.
For the small sacrifice of 20.5 inches of countertop width, you can turn your kitchen into your own custom microbrewery. The PicoBrew Zymatic® allows craft beer enthusiasts to brew whatever styles they choose at home — and track data from their brewing sessions via smartphone app. Brewing ingredients in the machine takes around four hours, followed by a fermentation and chilling period of up to three weeks in a separate keg.
Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It's best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.
Bee balm, also known as Oswego tea, explodes with floral fireworks in summer. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and make a terrific addition to the summer vase. Plants grow best in full sun to part shade with consistently moist soil. Bee balm comes in a variety of plant sizes and colors, including lavender, pink and bright purple. Rabbit- and deer-resistant plants grow 12 to 36 inches tall and 14 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good vase companions for bee balm: anise hyssop, coreopsis, zinnia and garden phlox.
This take on a cool, creamy favorite is for adults only. Gather the following ingredients for this yummy cocktail: 1 small bottle of your favorite root beer, 2 ounces coffee liqueur, 2 ounces milk or heavy cream and ice cubes.
As you tackle fall clean-up, avoid creating an environment that’s devoid of any autumn leaves. Swirls of leaves beneath shrubs or along fences can provide winter hiding places for beneficial insects. It’s also important to have some areas with bare soil to give beneficial insects that burrow underground for winter a fighting chance.