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Old 05-15-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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bumblebee Making a Bumble Bee Garden

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Special Value to Bumble Bees

Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of bumble bees. This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
This webpage has a nice and easy way to select plants for a Bumble bee garden in your area. On the right side of the page you can select your state and specify your growing conditions.

NPIN: Recommended Native Plants - Special Value to Bumble Bees
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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Very nice - thanks for the link!
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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This looks like an excellent resource, Cirsium. Thanks very much!
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There are an awful lot of Asclepias spp. on that list (more than I knew existed)...so, I'll bet it won't just a bumblebee garden!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:03 PM   #5
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That's a wonderful resource to have. What really got me started on a wildlife garden was bumblebees, and reading the Xerces' Guide to Native Pollinators. I've always loved birds, and always loved gardening, but it was the bumblebees that got me started on native plants. It is so gratifying for me to see them busy at work in my yard, day in and day out. My goal is to continue to add plants useful for them. Especially spring bloomers...I need to do more work on those.
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This is great! I'm relieved to know that a lot of what I picked for my butterfly garden is good for bees too, so it will truly be a pollinator garden!
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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Great info! I hope I can get more of these plants for my garden next spring!
I didn't see Golden Ragwort on there, but that stuff was mobbed with bees this spring in my yard. I think it is more popular with the smaller bees, though.
BeeWonderful, I would highly recommend G. Ragwort as a spring bloomer if you don't already have it! It's tough as nails and spreads nicely.
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