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Blueberry Bush, October

Blueberry Bush, October

Blueberry Bush, October

Seed Saving: Monarda (Bee Balm)

The bee balm I planted last summer is popping up all over the garden this year so obviously I don’t need to save seed, but I still feel like it is a waste not to if I can. Plus, seed saving is fun! All I did was let the flower heads dry and collected them; as I was doing so the teeny tiny seeds were falling out. I have such a crush on bee balm right now and wish I had saved some to dry: the plants were pretty much done when I cut them down but they were still so amazingly fragrant. Shaking out the rest of the seeds should smell wonderful. (I’m leaving them outside overnight since I spotted some little spiders amongst them, will give them some time to find a new home….)

Bee Balm

Bee Balm In Full Flower

Bee Flying To Bee Balm

Bee Flying To Bee Balm

 Dried Flower Head

Dried Flower Head

Dried Flower Heads

Dried Flower Heads

Dried Flower Heads & Seeds

Dried Flower Heads & Seeds

I didn’t even shake the flower heads out yet, just set them in the container, so that’s how easy they fall out. I’m sure this is how bee balm self seeds so easily. I threw some stalks along the fence line to see if I’ll get more popping up there next season.

Early Autumn Color

L to R: Dahlias, Canna Lily. Note the new blue rain barrels going out next spring in the background and that rad spiderweb!

L to R: Dahlias, Canna Lily. Check out that rad spiderweb!

Orange and Pink Dahlias, with Rad Spiderweb

Orange and Pink Dahlias, with Rad Spiderweb. Yes that’s a wading pool in the right background, but there are also new rain barrels to the right we scored free from a friend that will be assembled and used next year!

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula with Honeybee

Calendula with Honeybee

Calendula

Calendula

Turtlehead

Turtlehead

Turtlehead

Turtlehead with Sedum

Turtlehead with Sedum

Turtlehead

Turtlehead

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