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!

Jun15

Boxwood – Dealing With Blight & The Caterpillar

Boxwood is one of our absolute favourite plants. The evergreen leaf that shines in winter, the smell as you clip it, the brilliant shapes you can make from it… but it is suffering somewhat from two major problems: Box Blight Boxwood Caterpillar and Moth None of this is the be all and end all for boxwood, but it helps to be aware of it and know a little about what you can do should either of these problems arise. Boxwood Caterpillar & Moth I hadn’t seen this in a garden I worked on until this spring, when a client I …

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Jun06

Orchard Design At Brogdale, National Fruit Collection In Kent

Last weekend I visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, to take part in an orchard design course they were running. Beautiful place and a warm day, I recommend a visit. I came home with 3 bottles of cider. Drank them all. Then realised they were weighing in at 8%. I don’t recover that quickly (no longer being 20 years old) and so had something of a musty head the next morning. The power of apples I say! Below are some notes I made from the day. They may be of use to you, although really they are there for …

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Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips 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: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum 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 …

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