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Late Summer Unknown Beauty

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I had been watching this unknown plant grow in the midst of my Bee Balm, and almost pulled it out early as an invading weed.
On second thought, I decided to let it live and see what developed.
You just never know 😀

Well, this plant looks so much prettier than my straggly bee balm.
Now, I get to decide who stays and who gets relocated.


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Bee Balm

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Maybe because this is a newer plant for me, and these are the only flowers, but I have not seen any bees around it.  I do like the feathery petals of these flowers a lot, and the bright red sure stands out in my flower garden.  It is planted between white-flowering salvia and chamomile.  Unfortunately they do not flower in the same month as their blooms would look so striking next to each other with short white flowers under the taller red bee balm.

I understand the base of this plant should spread as it stays in one place, and I look forward to seeing that.  It will take a bit of nurturing since this flower bed is on shale and clay with redwood trees growing behind.  If you didn’t already know, the roots of redwood trees go sideways for a very long ways, and not much grows in their shadow.  I just keep adding amendments to lighten the ‘soil’ and keep raising the bed for the flowers.  Don’t know how long I can pull this off, but for now, it works.