BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

A very good native (or near-native - only cultivars seem to be available) perennial and fairly deer-resistant hummingbird-friendly plant is Monarda didyma, or Bee Balm. Here's a clip of one of our young hummers feeding at this plant. I also have quite a bit of Monarda fistulosa ("wild bergamot") but this gets almost no attention - though it's much easier to grow in my dry and sandy soil.

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