According to an email I recieved last week, bumblebees don’t like them because they have little nectar on offer. And did you know that the various bumblebee species differ in the lengths of their tongues, and as a result their flower preferences differ?
Here’s another intriguing nugget – the native flower most attractive to most bumblebee species is Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare).
All this fascinating information came, via my son (the Geek) – from his girlfriend.
So I took a casual stroll up my garden to do a bumblebee head count (actually there were more bumblebums than heads to count) and see what was turning them on this lovely balmy evening.
Catmint is clearly a fave as is lavender. Linaria ‘Canon Went’ and a couple of delphiniums were getting the full treatment, as was a sprawl of mustard-yellow-flowered Sedum acre that’s spilling artily out of a broken old terrcotta pot outside my door.
I even found a little chap luxuriating within the half-folded petals of a white Rugosa rose and, as I made my way back to the house, I heard a big fat furry one with its head stuck up a foxglove, fabulously amplified.
Bumblebees are seriously in decline, apparently, and we should be planting the right stuff for them. The email came complete with a list of plants – which I’ve cut & pasted below.
Escallonia Everlasting Pea
St. Johns Wort