THE MODERN MINT BLOG

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.

Mar16

From Bee Magnet To Babe Magnet

Yep, lovely Modern Minters, we are going to make this call – right now, in 2017, if you have a garden that helps the bees then that makes you sexy. But how does that work? Can you really become a babe magnet just by encouraging bees to your garden? Yes. Yes you can. As you probably know, we need bees. They pollinate our tastiest food – think tomatoes, strawberries, apples… and there is a growing body of evidence that suggests bee pollinated food is healthier, tastier (because it has a better sugar to acid ratio) and keeps longer, meaning you …

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Mar06

Harlow Beekeepers

Last Thursday night I was invited to give a talk ‘Planting for Pollinators’ at Harlow Bees, a beekeeping group who help promote the craft of keeping bees in Harlow. It was an interesting evening exploring how two complementary crafts – beekeeping and gardening – co-exist in there similar aims of helping bees (and other pollinators.) Below are some notes answering questions the group asked me from the talk: 1. The Best Plants For Bees helenium sedum oregano borage veronicastrum teucrium calamint eupatorium centaurea lavender This research comes from the work done by Rosi Rollings at Rosybee. She has been asking …

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