08 June 2016

Bee Bath

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I read this post by Garden Therapy and was inspired to make this adorable bee bath for my garden. When you read this article about bee baths you will learn all about why water is important to the bees. I want to focus on the plant that brings bees to my garden and that is catmint.  Catmint is the bushy plant with the blue/purple flowers below.  You can see the bee bath in the lower left hand corner!


Catmint has so many redeeming qualities. It's beautiful, with its ever blooming purple stalks, it's deer and rabbit resistant, easy to care for, grows well in all soil types and likes both shade and sun.  As the name implies, cats seem to love it, too!






Bees swarm to this plant. They are very busy here and ignore us as we walk to and from the garden. Because there are so many bees, I thought it would be the perfect location for my bee bath. 

A bee bath is quite simple to make. Turn a pot upside down. Place a dish made of ceramic or glass on top. Add a few river rock for the bees to perch on while collecting water. Add water daily so that the bees find it and will come to it. 

It is a conversation starter in our neighborhood. You can see the bee bath from the alley where the neighbors walk. It's always fun getting to know my neighbors!

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32 comments :

  1. I am in LOVE with your bee bath. What a cute idea and that is so cool that it's brought so much attention from your neighbors and you are getting to know them all better :)

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  2. Wait, bees need a bath? Love your garden, it's so pretty. I'm sure the birds, bees and all sorts of lovely critters will enjoy this bath.

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  3. We are very conscience of the bees and love to help them. This is so cool!

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  4. I never knew that bees needed water. This is so fun for a garden. We have some bees in our backyard so I'll look into creating one for us.

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  5. I've heard of bird baths of course but never a bee bath. I'm allergic to bees but still think this is a cool idea.

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  6. One of the farms we visit has a bee bath! I never thought to put one in my own garden. What a great idea!

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  7. I had no idea this would be useful for bees, but makes perfect sense. We are trying to get more bees to visit our vegetable garden so I am going to make this for them ASAP!

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  8. Michele9:10 PM

    Such a great idea for solving a potentially dangerous problem! I can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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  9. I never knew bees needed water either. I love the garden you have to attract them. My friend is a beekeeper and she's educating us on the importance of bees.

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  10. I had no idea that bees needed water or that there was such a thing as a bee bath. How cool! And I love that this has given you the chance to get to know your neighbors better.

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  11. I have never heard of a bee bath before! What a fun way to invite the bees to your garden!

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  12. That is such a cute idea! I definitely know that bees are so beneficial- not just for our garden for the ecosystem.

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  13. Wow, I never knew bees needed water. Definitely learned something new. Your bee bath is adorable. What a great thing to do!

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  14. A bee bath!! Oh my goodness, that is such an adorable idea! I just love it!

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  15. We have a rather large garden my son and I. I have loved watching every year we add something new and different. I never once thought to add a bee garden. i cannot wait to create and add to our little sanctuary.

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  16. Terri- this is so informative and interesting.
    Your bee bath is practical but also pretty.
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.
    I am so glad you are here.

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  17. Hi Terry! Making one of these is on my agenda. I'm in a butterfly gardening group and these are great for butterflies too. Yours is pretty and so good for our winged friends.

    Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  18. Absolutely love this idea! Can't wait to get into our new house and make a couple of these for the front flower beds! :)

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  19. This is such a sweet idea! And a project my kids will certainly enjoy helping me make!

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  20. I had never thought of bees being attracted to water but I guess it does make sense. The bee bath looks awesome what a great project x

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  21. Omg I love this idea!!! I never heard of a bee bath. I kinda want one now after seeing this!

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  22. I had no idea this would be useful for bees! Such a great idea but makes perfect sense. I just planted a ton of flowering plants for bees to swarm! I might have to make one of these!

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  23. Such a cute and interesting idea! Gotta add one to my garden.

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  24. It's so logical to have a bee bath when you think about and thanks so much for drawing that to my attention...l'll definitely be adding one to my garden, and some catmint. Awesome tips thanks again for sharing.

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  25. Hello Terri, it is nice to meet you! I'm visiting from Jemma's blog. I love the idea of making this bee bath. So simple and yes, bees need water, too! I think I'm going to put this in my butterfly garden...maybe the bees AND butterflies will use it!

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  26. Amazing garden you have. Honestly, it's the first time I heard or see something like this one - bee bath. Pretty amazing nonetheless.

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  27. Catmint hmmmmmm I think I need to try some of this in my garden! Love the bee bath! Such a fun idea and I love that you are using it to connect with your neighbors. Thanks for sharing at #lifeislovely

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  28. what a cute DIY project. I love this idea that bees need a bath like birds do.

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  29. Hi Terri. I commented previously. Sorry about whatever happened. The idea of a bee bath is so unique. I'm going to share it with my mother in law who is the queen of bird baths.

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  30. What a great and inspiring idea. Bees are so important to our plant life and friuts that most people do not realize. We shouldn't be so quick to trap, the bee bath thing for them.

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  31. I'm always looking for new flowers to plant for my bees. I'll look into catmint :) and I have water set out for my bees but I'll definitely have to spruce it up--I'm sure the lady bees would like a bit more glamour lol

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  32. I love this! Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays!

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