THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced!

To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees:

  1. Helenium
  2. Sedum
  3. Echium vulgare
  4. Marjoram or Oregano
  5. Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!)
  6. Borage
  7. Nepeta
  8. Veronicastrum
  9. Teucrium

Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria.

Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of because it is so hard to propagate…but keep looking for it and buy it up if you can!

Somebody asked me about tulips – are these good for bees?

tulips for bees

The bees certainly work hard to get the pollen. I guess the common sense approach is to make sure the tulips are as open and easy to access as possible.

The BBKA offer this top ten list of plants for bees.

My favourite nursery for bee friendly plants is Rosybee Nursery. You should all check out her plants and her brilliant research!

Her recommendations for bee friendly plants for summer baskets are:

  1. Trailing lobelia
  2. Lavender
  3. Echium
  4. Salvia
  5. Campanula
  6. Scabious

I would probably add Cleome and Fuchsia. But any other suggestions, please send them through!

Finally, are Dahlias good for bees? Again, I imagine single flowers are the best. But would love people to let me know what they see this summer….

Thank you and lets hope for a long, warm season for the bees!

And for more about my speciality, take a look at my Topiary.

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.