I love bergamot in Earl Grey tea... How about a few borage blooms to get that taste? I've heard of people putting them into ice cubes, both for "pretty" and for a hint of flavor...
I didn't know bee balm (same as monarda, yes, don't know about lemon balm vs. lemon monarda) came in "rose"... having recently discovered rose petal thyme, I'm enthused about a rose-scented bee balm... sounds yummy!
Lemon balm is Melissa officinalis, sometimes just called balm. There is also a lime balm. Melissa officinalis 'lime'.
Bee balm is Monarda didyma is bergamot (but not the bergamot that flavors Earl Grey tea - that is a bitter orange that is known as bergamot)
Lemon bee balm is Monarda citriodora - a cousin to bee balm.
There is wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).
There is some debate on which monarda is Oswego tea, the plant used by Native Americans as a beverage tea, and used by colonists after the Boston Tea Party.
Rose-scented bee balm is a variety of Monarda didyma. I got mine from Richter's several years ago. The bees and butterflies and hummingbirds prefer this variety above the others I grow (Jakob Kline, Marshall's Delight, Blue Stocking and Raspberry Wine - and two unknown varieties).
Does the rose scented bee balm come true from seed, do you know? I can see I am going to have to come up with some serious attempts to tempt you into a trade next spring... I know I probably don't have much to offer in the way of herbs you don't already have, LOL... but I do make killer chocolate truffles... We'll figure it out via Dmail; I don't want to get the thread off track. :-)
Yes Lemon Balm is "a mint" -- one way to tell is the square stems,...the mints all have them, along with some other plants that are "relatives" such as "bee Balm" --note that it is a balm...I find the square stem very interesting and a quick way for novice "identification"...at least it helped me when I was first learning all the different herbs and plants
Happy and fun gardening to all!!
100 + degrees here. Poor bunny is panting. What can I do. Rabbits are very susceptible to heat stroke so I ve got to do something.
O.K. frozen drink bottles, ice in the water dish, a fan, a slab of marble will help keep him cool.
And hydrating foods: carrots, broccoli, celery, anything dark green, and
especially mint and parsley. If I had known I would have planted more!
Now, Im not going to eat my 14 year old rabbit, besides I am vegetarian. But its good to know that mint and parsley and basil will help keep him going even at 100 + degrees.
Maybe there's a future in this "plants for truffles" notion after all, then... just not with Betty! :-) For her, I have to find something really exotic. She asked if I had any unicorn root. I accused her of pulling my leg. i should've known better. The more I learn from her, the larger my planned herb garden becomes!
I'd love to see pictures of both of your gardens. I'm a visual person so I tend to 'copy' more than making up my own designs. and since I know sooo little about so many herbs already, my herbs are getting mixed in my regular flower beds. which i like, however, you should see my list of 'wants'!
Almost every time I read these Herb threads...I learn about MORE new plants that I'm sure I'll need, LOL.
I put various kinds of mint leaves in my water. I swear they actually sweeten it. Yummy.
I have some photos of Herbalbetty's gardens! I was there just last week. My cousin has to e-mail the photos to me since I left the storage disk for my camera at home that day. Betty is a lovely host and a most talented gardener.
Catnip Nepeta cataria reduces nervous tension
Raspberry Leaf Rubis idaeus helps with cramps, tastes amazingly good.
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis used to treat depression and anxiety, also tastes quite good.
Sage any edible Salvia restores energy, helps with memory, can be used to prevent grey hair.
Raspberry Leaf and Rosemary make a wonderful tea, I mix it with a bit of instant tea and it's one of my favorite drinks. I prefer tea to water, if I drink water I add a little lemon or I drink seltzer water with a bit of 100% fruit juice.