THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun11

Azara – Another Great Shrub For Bees

We had never heard of nor come across Azara until this week, when we were asked to prune one that had turned into a small tree.

Not an elegant shrub, even when pruned hard it still looked as if it wasn’t sure what size it was really supposed to be – large shrub or a small tree…?  Unsure why it had been planted until told, with no doubts whatsoever, it happens to have flowers that the bees ABSOLUTELY ADORE!

Aah, so then…. Azara is a plant worth planting.

Because of its slight lack of grace, perhaps substitute it in place of a Forsythia in the garden – tucked away somewhere down the bottom, in a corner. It will be better value for the honeybee, have a better leaf too, and instead of being looked down upon by garden snobs the way Forsythia is, you can say to them – “oh, don’t you know this shrub? Really? You don’t know this one? Oh dear….”

Azara at the bottom of your garden will give you the gardening bragging rights amongst your neighbours or fellow garden club members, because they may well not know it either. (Sadly though, being that patronising to someone will make you look like a pleb too….)

Planting Azara will also get you in with your local beekeepers, who will appreciate what you are doing for the honeybee. Getting in with a beekeeper is recommended, as pots of honey may end up coming your way for being such a lovely, bee friendly gardener.

That is not to be sniffed at!

Ursula Buchan tells us how to grow Azara here. It is dead easy.

We have a few other shrubs you might like to try in your garden, that will definitely help the bees – escallonia is one, phillyrea another.

Cotoneaster is one more shrub that is very good at looking after itself, and adored by the bees….

Finally, have some ground elder that is flowering at the moment? We have spotted honeybees on this pernicious weed. So maybe it is not all bad?

Jun01

Helping The Honeybee – A New Talk For 2017

Helping The Honeybee A brand new talk for 2017, Darren has always gardened with bees and other pollinators in mind – this talk is a bringing together of all the plants your garden needs to make sure it is nectar rich. First presented at The Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture in 2017, for Essex Beekeepers Association, the ideas for plants in the talk will be written down by Darren ready to be published by Northern Bee Books in 2018. If you want to know how to help the bees, book this talk now! 

May31

One Tree Planted For Every Purchase In June

We will plant one tree, here in the UK, every time you make a purchase online here at Modern Mint in June 2017. Inspired by our Chelsea Fringe project ‘Capture Carbon In Your Garden‘, we will make sure your buying choices have power in this next month. Even if you only buy our cheapest item. Enjoy browsing, tell your eco warrior friends, and help make sure we can get some trees in the ground this month – thank you! Shop Now, For One Tree With Every Purchase.  

May31

Further Reading For ‘Capture Carbon In Your Garden’

Capture Carbon In Your Garden is the title of our 2017 Chelsea Fringe project. To help you find all the information you need about it, check out these links below: Capture Carbon In Your Garden – explaining the project. 5 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Capture Carbon In Your Garden – the infographic! Ditch The Power Tools – a favourite blog post! Who Has Inspired Our Project? My Country Is Carbon Negative Use Less Fossil Fuels Dalefoot Composts – Peat Free compost on the TV. Have You Tried A Cycling Gardener? 50 Shades of Sustainability  Buy Once, Buy Well …

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