Wild Bergamot

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Wild Bergamot – 11 August 2006

Today is a picture-perfect day: blue sky with scattered white, puffy, cumulus clouds; cool breezes; with a glimpse of the mountains in the distance. The hot, humid days are gone; so we enjoyed one of our long walks.

We were happy to see the wild bergamot, a member of the Mint Family, in full bloom, as well as many other familiar wildflowers – some just starting to bloom: goldenrod, Queen Anne’s lace, jewelweed, chicory, purple loosestrife, bull thistle, knapweed, and birdsfoot trefoil, among others.

The wild bergamot plants pictured here are at least five feet tall. I couldn’t resist picking a leaf off a wild bergamot plant. Crushed between my fingers, it gave off the delightful aroma that is reminiscent of bergamot tea.

For more photos and information about wild bergamot, see:

For photos and information about other wildflowers found in this area, see:

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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