THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea.

Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared….

The Top Plants For Bees

  • Helenium
  • Sedum
  • Echium
  • Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs)
  • Oregano
  • Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed
  • Borage
  • Nepeta
  • Veronicaastrum
  • Teucrium

Phillyrea

If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea.

Read plenty more about this shrub here.

Rosybee Nurseries

To stay up to date with the latest research on the best plants for bees, speak to Rosi Rollings at Rosybee Nurseries.

We interviewed her a few years ago now. But her nursery has grown plenty since then….!

Helping The Honeybee

I am currently researching and writing a book on plants for bees for Northern Bee Books. It is already late to the publisher (whoops!) but would love to hear from anyone who can suggest to me the most valuable bee friendly plants in their garden.

Please do contact us if you have any thoughts about this!

Finally….

I was asked about rabbit proof planting. Take a look at these, but… good luck with that!

And the nurseries I recommend you look for plants from, would be:

  1. Great Dixter Gardens
  2. Beth Chatto Gardens
  3. Marchants Hardy Plants
  4. Knoll Gardens
  5. Phoenix Perennial Plants, Marina Christopher’s nursery

Thank you everyone at Southend on Sea Beekeepers – enjoy your summer of helping the honeybee!

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.