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 …

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May21

Helping The Honeybee

How can you help the honeybee? Here are a few notes for you, on how you can help the honeybee and other pollinators – because if one plant is full of nectar, you might find butterflies and other bugs want to visit too! Also, The Great British Bee Count has started. If you want to take part, visit here and help map our bees. With everyone helping to collate this information on the amount and type of bees, we will all be better informed on what we need to do to reverse the decline in our ‘buzzing’ population. Helping The Honeybee At …

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Apr23

Escallonia – THE PLANT FOR BEES?

Here is a note form our Facebook page about the wonderful evergreen shrub Escallonia. Not only is it immensely easy to clip into brilliant shapes (oh, how we love topiary….) but it seems to be a winner when it comes to the bees. Has anyone done some research on this? For another shrub that is reportedly loved by the bees, move on from this Escallonia post and focus on Phillyrea.