THE MODERN MINT BLOG
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
- Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs)
- Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed
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.
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!
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:
- Great Dixter Gardens
- Beth Chatto Gardens
- Marchants Hardy Plants
- Knoll Gardens
- Phoenix Perennial Plants, Marina Christopher’s nursery
Thank you everyone at Southend on Sea Beekeepers – enjoy your summer of helping the honeybee!
If you have a subscription, you can check out an article about bespoke ideas for your garden in the Telegraph. There are some great crafts people there, so check it out. Click Here To See The Article About my Topiary Work In The Telegraph
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