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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.

Beepot Concrete Planter & Bee Hotel

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)!

Multi-award-winning Green&Blue Bee Bricks

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 Beepot Mini in Cotswold Yellow

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).

Bee bricks in the gardens at Eden Project

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.

See Green&Blue’s full range of products at Greenandblue.co.uk

1 comment on “Give Bees a Chance”

  • Tracey April 15, 2017

    Love these bee B&Bs! I created a wildflower measow and love seeing the new growth each year and hearing the buzz as the bees go about their important business. Coincidentally, i am writing this during a break on a course at Eden’s nursery! Will mention sedums as they are one of the few plants that does well in my exposed garden. Fingers crissed for a Green&Blue home for my bee guests this year!

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