THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov14

Roses for Hips

Just a quick note to share these choices of roses for their hips, from the RHS magazine. The rose choices were…

Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’ – yes, lovely. choice

Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ (not sure who has the space to grow this one!)

Rosa ‘Francis E Lester’

Rosa ‘Generous Gardener’ (though the article noted if you leave the hips on you will get fewer flowers later in the season)

Rosa ‘Morning Mist’

Rosa ‘Cupid’

Rosa sericea subspecies omeiensis f. pteracantha (not just a mouthful of a name, but the hips drop off quickly too, within a few weeks)

Rosa ‘Geranium’

Rosa californica

Rosa rubiginosa (sweet briar! Crush those leaves for the scent!)

Rosa virginiana

Rosa ‘Shropshire Lass’

Many of these roses are species roses, because they have a need to set seed, in order to live on and prosper!

Uses of Rosehips

Loved this part of the article, as we have a special interest in skincare and the use of plants for helping the body stay healthy.

Hips were used for:

Itching powder

An excellent source of Vitamin C

The pulp for jams and juices

As a tea – recommended to alleviate headaches, cramps, dizziness and osteoarthritis.

It is also said to improve your mood, your energy levels and the quality of your sleep.

Those hips don’t lie, huh?


For more on roses, take a look at a blog about our visit to David Austin Roses.

 

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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