Give Bees a Chance
From the bramble-chocked borders to the snail-infested veg patch, our garden needs some serious TLC right now. So naturally I’m kicking off the project in true Muddy fashion, with a latte and a spot of online shopping.
First stop, Green&Blue! The award-winning, Perranporth-based company makes stylish, design-led products that help support the wildlife in your garden. My favourites are their cool, concrete bricks and planters, which double up as bee B&Bs (try saying that after a few glasses of mead)!
These holey little hotels are designed to offer nesting sites to the declining solitary bee population. Without wanting to harp on about it – bees are super, super important to world food production (among other things) and many species are endangered, so creating a welcoming garden for them is a really good thing.
The bonus of solitary bees is that they are non-aggressive, as they don’t have a queen or hive to protect, so it’s safe to encourage them into the garden, even if you have a veritable menagerie of pets and kids. And if you want to be an especially good friend to the bees, plant some pollen-packed flowers in your Beepots, like sedum, lavender or verbena (here are a few more ideas).
Green&Blue’s Bee Bricks look great placed among the plants, bringing a little industrial chic to your patch or they can be incorporated into walls — worth considering if you’re planning an extension or conservatory. They also make Bee posts, which look amazing in urban green spaces or incorporated into architectural landscaping.
WIN A BEEPOT!!
Green&Blue’s Beepot Minis start from £35…. but hurrah, we have one to give away. Head over to Facebook, find the Beepot post, like it and leave a comment, naming a one of the buzz-friendly flowers listed above.