Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Giant-Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

This is one of my favorite sections of the garden. I planted this Giant Hyssop here about six years ago and it faithfully returns every season to reward me with tall sweeping fronds of gorgeous lavender colored flowers. Throughout the day these flowers are swarming with bees of all types... from tiny little bees to the biggest Bumble Bees, it is a non-stop frenzy of activity. The path leading to my garden hose is right next to this row of Giant Hyssop, and I walk right past this party of bees several times a day. The bees are so engrossed in their pollen gathering activities, they never give me a second glance. In fact, did you know that when a Bumble Bee is collecting pollen you can actually pet it? Years ago I used to show my kids how to "pet the bee". They would watch in amazement as I would find a Bumble Bee and gently reach out and stroke it's back with my index finger. I've never encountered a Bumble that seemed to mind it a bit.

Now these guys below are a different story. While they don't seem to mind me getting close to them with my camera, I don't think they would tolerate being touched.


MitMoi said...

I was totally think this was something to add to my yard ... until I read this, "Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings"

So much for THAT idea. *sigh*

Christopher Paquette said...

I rarely pay any attention to this plant. You have enough natural rain down there for this to thrive. Put it in a partially shaded area and it will do just fine with no work involved.