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Summer forage for bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 31, 2009

Bees seem to like the kind of plant that has many small flowers. Globe thistle is a bee favorite. Mint is a nectar source for many insects.

Globe thistle

Globe thistle

 

Mint

Mint

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Mint in full bloom

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 17, 2008

The mint in full bloom is a big draw for honeybees. Bumblebees show little interest in this plant. Side shoots will keep the mint in bloom until frost. This is one plant that seems a must for the beekeeper.

 

mint in bloom

mint in bloom

bees love mint

bees love mint

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Mint is mint

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 8, 2008

Mint is very attractive to honeybees. The flowers that open in August are in good time to replace the blackberry that has almost ended and the fireweed that will end soon. Mint will send out side shoots to keep the flowers coming through the rest of the season. Everything about the mint seems similar to the Anise Hyssop.

mint

mint a bee favorite

The mint in this patch has been growing in the same place for over 30 years which is a testament to its durability. Grass tries to compete but some weed control can be exercised in March when the grass appears about 3 weeks ahead of the mint. Given space, the mint will spread readily by root rhizomes.

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