Bee Friendly

By on Jul 8, 2018 in community, environment, events | 0 comments

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Wow, what a scorcher! It has been too hot to do much this weekend, so after finishing work in the morning I have been lazing in the garden with something cool and a good book.



It’s blooming lovely now in our back garden, so it’s hard not to want to spend all day out here to be honest…what a shame there are jobs to do inside.


There have been plants shooting up all over and the borders are looking quite healthy now, sadly though I don’t seem to be attracting as many bees as I did in my old garden, although I have rescued a few that appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion. I was cheered by the sight of a couple that were hovering around these bright yellow blooms, and on the lavender in the painted pot beside me. Whilst gazing over the garden, earlier this week, I came up with a plan.


The hot dry weather has left us with a parched lawn and a desolate back border. It doesn’t look as anything was growing there previously, other than some clumped grass and a handful of poppies. I removed all of the crispy remains of straggly plants and stared hard at the bare dust. It was going to take a lot of effort to make something out of this apparently arid plot. But then I remembered the pretty stepping-stones that I removed when creating the patio area back in May.


You might recall the embossed leaves on each stone which caught my interest and led me to stack them carefully for safe keeping. The discovery of this thriving mint plant encouraged my imagination further and I visualised I border buzzing with bees with a sweet little path of stones winding through it, enticing you into the fragrant corner. With a little help from a friend, I placed the stepping stones to begin the process of transforming this sad little patch.


At once the border didn’t look so empty, the potential was starting to emerge. I started to think of planting herbs to compliment the mint and also provide me with fresh produce to use in the kitchen. And thinking back to the bees, I pictured mounds of thyme and tall lavender stalks nestling together in rich harmony. Some shrubs at the back to add some height and to break up the continuous panels that make up the fence. I suddenly realised what I was trying to create.


A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of visiting a stunning little garden in Beeston. It was at the home of Marysia Zipser of ACT and she had generously opened it up to the public for the weekend for others to enjoy as part of an incentive to promote Beeston’s green spaces.



I realised that I must have been quite influenced by this beautiful bee haven, for starters I can see that Moroccan blue right at the back there on that painted bench. I remembered it being such a tranquil place, a place to ponder and meditate, to relax with a glass of wine or a book and a cuppa. 


Creating something as well stocked as Marysia’s garden is going to take a lot of planting, money and time to grow. But I am in no rush…

I just hope the bees can wait a little while longer.

Until next week

plant seeds for the bees

and stay sweet

The Bee


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