High Temperature: 84F Low Temperature: 69F Sunrise: 6:21 am Sunset: 8:22 pm Humidity: 65% Wind: sse 15 mph Chance of Rain: 20%
I am cloudy-headed and moving slowly, just like the morning seems to be as the sun tries valiantly to break through the gray gloom. Later the wind will begin pumping, bringing with it heat and humidity.
It's a good day for an afternoon walk through the shady woods, something we haven't done since late winter. I will be on the lookout for the small pockets of spindly and fragile-looking herb, wild bee balm or bergamot [Monarda fistulosa] - so unlike the kind we grow in the garden. The wild variety is white with light pink. The flowers have less petals and they resemble a court jester's hat, sitting upon their reedy stalks. They seem to prefer dappled shade rather than full sun as their bright red cousins do.
I keep meaning to make tea from the leaves...Bergamot is what gives Earl Gray tea its unique flavor. Both the leaves and flowers of bergamot are edible, and herbalists use them in the treatment of several ailments, both internal and external.