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Mountain Mint Season

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It’s mountain mint season! I’ve been waiting, not so patiently, for the native mint to bloom. A few flowers peeked open today. The honey bees have already found the blossoms. They’d been scoping it out for a week. The girls seemed as eager as I have, clearly for different reasons. Pycanthemum Muticum, or short-toothed mountain mint, is a Virginia native and pollinator magnet. I’ve lost count of the number of species who visit the patch. It has been the one flower that is universally accepted by all and blooms just before other nectar sources dry up. Perfect timing!

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