Lemon Thyme – source Wikimedia Commons
Lemon thyme (Thymus x citrodorus) grows well in a sunny garden location or as part of container herb garden. Small flowers arrive in the summer and attract lots of bees.
Lemon thyme is an excellent culinary variety and combines well with chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. In addition to having a wonderful flavor, the leaves of lemon thyme are excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and potassium. Lemon thyme also contains Vitamins C, A and B-6.
Lemon thyme dries well and the left over woody stems can be laid over charcoal when barbecuing to flavor the smoke.
The first section of this Podcast contains a great overview of the plant Comfrey.
Listen Here – BBC Radio Leeds
Ever wonder how many insects live in your home ? Here is an interview with a scientist that headed a team that counted the number of insects in 50 different houses. They did not include basements or attics, just the main home living areas. How many did they find ? You will have to listen to this to find out.
More wonderful winter reading, Pollinators of Southern British Columbia from the Elle Lab at SFU. This is an easy photo based guide for identification of pollinators, as well as lots of great information on the selection of landscape, and native plants for supporting pollinators.
Bumblebee Map of Western North America as of January 14, 2016
By now you have downloaded and printed your Bumblebee Identification Guide from last weeks post , so now you can view this Bumblebee watch map to check out bees on Vancouver Island. There is often a picture of the bee if you click on the green dot.
When the weather warms up and the bees are out , you may even want to upload bumble bee information to the xerces.org Bumblebee Watch and put your pollinator garden on the map !
Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) Western Canada
To learn more about pollinators, it is nice to be able to identify them. Here is a great little pocket identification guide that will cover many of the bumblebees found on Vancouver Island. Print and Fold Bumblebee Guide