What's up with my monarda?
I got a clump of red monarda last year in a swap and I was really looking forward to a glorious bloom this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen, and I can't figure out what's going on.
The tops of the stems are reddening, but the "fireworks' part, the actual flower, I guess, is not appearing, only on a few stems. The rest are just kind of an ugly, dirty, reddish color - it almost looks like a stem waiting to be deadheaded, you know, like there are dead blooms on them. The plant itself looks healthy and vigorous.
Sorry, no pics. Does anyone know what I mean and has anyone seen this before? I'm pretty disappointed and hope this doesn't happen next year. I ripped out a bunch of seed-grown pink and purple monarda last year because it never bloomed properly, only looked brown and ratty, and this kind of reminds me of the same thing.
Thanks for any suggestions.