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Old December 23, 2013   #12
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: MN zone 4
Posts: 359

In 2011, I planted Blondkopfchen (which produces a zillion blooms) and Tommy Toe near some other tomatoes. The bumblebees routinely worked over the blooms of those two varieties, but none of the nearby tomato varieties.

I liked them both but haven't grown them since.

For the last 2 years, bumblebees didn't seem interested in any of my tomatoes...or my basil either.

I used to live at a house that has a Veronica (Speedwell) by the driveway. Its flower spikes were purple, but during good weather it would look brown from even a short distance because so many bumblebees were crawling all over it.

My greenthumb grandmother always planted Bee Balm (monarda) to attract bees.
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