It’s the season of bergamot at Roundrock. (I’m pretty sure its Monarda fistulosa, but I’ve been mercilessly shot down for my faulty IDs before.) We saw this blooming in a lot of the open, sunny places around our land. The one you see above — part of a dozen or so — was on Danger Island. We had hiked up there to tend to the pines (another story for another day) and paused to smell the flowers.
Bergamot, in case you didn’t know, is used to flavor tea, and I understand it’s commonly used to give Earl Grey tea it’s distinctive taste. (I don’t use Earl Grey for my iced tea, but I do drink it hot early in the week, like today.)
You’ll recall that I’ve been traveling a bit lately. For Memorial Day weekend I was in Little Rock to see #1 Son. Then we were home for a couple of weeks. Last week we made our way to Rhode Island and New York. So I pretty much progressed from south to north. Coincidentally, the hydrangeas were in bloom in these three parts of the country at the time I was in them. In Little Rock, they were mostly pink. Here in KC, depending on the fertilizer gardeners use, they were pink or blue. But in Rhode Island and New York (yes, there are flowers in NYC), they were almost uniformly blue. Also interesting is that I saw my first beaver last week. In Manhattan. That was unexpected.