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…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern Mint sometime….

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

tulips for bees

They 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!

Jun30

Article In Topiarius Magazine

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I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …

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May20

Art In A Topiary Garden

Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!

Apr30

Nunki Weeder In The Newspaper

The Nunki weeder has been talked about by Jane Perrone in the newspaper (the Guardian, if you are interested. At the weekend.) She said this about our lovely weeding tool… “Getting on top of annual weeds such as hairy bittercress and speedwell can be tedious. The Nunki weeder has a curved blade that allows for precision work around plants….” There you go – a weeder for precision work, not an avocado destoner as someone once said to me. Take a closer look at the Nunki weeder now.