Plant of the Week – Lemon Thyme

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Map Your Vancouver Island Bumblebees

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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 !