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!

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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