I come home to learn this

Bee balm purple flowers 2011

Bee balm with lavender flowers, a Monarda species.

I’m disoriented by the time change—to say the least. Up at 3am, nap from 1 to 3pm, and again from 6 to 10pm. Yawn.

Now you know for sure that we’re home—I’m presenting a flower picture…(from right outside the front door). Reading about the bee balm, I discover there are two plants tagged bergamot. One is a Monarda species. More commonly, however, the term is used for a citrus that looks like a yellow-green orange, and is commonly grown in Calabria, and used especially to flavor Earl Grey tea.

And now I realize that some of the citrus trees I saw in Calabria and Sicily must have been Citrus bergamia—my ignorance of the diversity of the Citrus genera.

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