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  1. #1
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    Default bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    I just had to report that my blooming mounds of (Walker's Low) catmint are just being mobbed by bumblebees day after day. There is a bumble just about every 8" working away, and this goes on all day long day after day. Never saw so many bumblebees working so closely together! The catmint is a real winner in my new pollinater flowerbed.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    Hmmmm. Think I might put some in over on the side of the barn. It's where the bumble bee nest is AND where the cat likes to sun herself! Thanks!!!
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    Raven, that sounds like the absolute ideal spot for catmint beds, which can get kind of sprawly.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    They also love english lavendar ( large stands ) and California golden poppies

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    Default Re: bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    Yes they do! I might grow a bunch in a container next year so I can check 'em out from my kitchen window :-)

    And in my yard caryopteris (bluebeard) is the big draw in August - absolutely mobbed with honeybees and bumblebees for about a week straight. (it's a small deciduous shrub with sweet-smelling purple flowers in late summer.)

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