As flowers die back, many turn into bare brown knobs atop dry tan stems. Not much to look at but birds see it as a buffet.
Just as fall is the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs, it’s also a good time to move them if you have to.
One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.
A smaller sort of Monarda is called ‘Grand Parade,’ which grows about 18 inches high and true to its name is flowering to beat the band.
While shoveling snow, I struck some aromatic leftovers of a Monarda plant and it was a sweet reminder of Summer.