Bee Palace

A chat with Michael Buck from award-winning nursery, Hortus Loci

November 3rd, 2017

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Now we’re into November the garden show season seems like it was a lifetime ago, but of course the behind the scenes preparation for such events is a year-round thing. Hortus Loci are one of the nurseries responsible for growing the amazing plants shown at the likes of Chelsea and Tatton,and we were delighted to sit down for a chat with their General Manager, Michael Buck, to find out a little more about what goes on at a modern plant nursery… Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

13 amazing facts about bees

September 13th, 2017

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OK, so we know that as you’re reading this there’s probably a pretty good chance you already have a lot of respect for the bees in this world, but it can never hurt to remind ourselves why they’re so important – and fascinating. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

6 bee-friendly seeds to sow now

August 3rd, 2017

Rudyard Kipling once said, ‘Gardens are not made by singing “Oh how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade’. It’s true, of course but come August, a lot of the hard work has been done in the garden and, save for the ever-ongoing task of weeding and deadheading, it’s a month to really enjoy the spoils of all that labour. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

5 quick tips to brighten the garden this summer

July 9th, 2017

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Isn’t it lovely to be in the midst of summer? The long evenings, gardens in full bloom and the bees happily buzzing… Even if you haven’t managed to get completely on top of your garden, patio or balcony, there’s still some time to inject a bit of colour before the summer’s out…

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11 things you should know about the Red Mason Bee

May 30th, 2017

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When you say ‘bee’ chances are most of us immediately think of honey or the almost-cuddly bumble bee, but in fact the world of our favourite pollinators is considerably more diverse. There is just one species of honeybee, 27 known bumblebee types, yet more than 250 different species of other, solitary bees, of which the Red Mason bee is one. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

Plant this now for Pollinators: alliums

May 15th, 2017

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Heritage orchards: the ultimate bee-friendly forage

May 1st, 2017

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When we started beepalace, one of the statistics that we found truly mind-boggling was that it can take around 20,000 honey bees to pollinate an acre of apple orchard but just 250 solitary bees. Isn’t that amazing? Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

A bee-friendly container for National Gardening Week

April 14th, 2017

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Whether your garden is measured in acres or square feet, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a bit of colour and some bee-friendly plants into the mix and, as it’s National Gardening Week (and a bank holiday weekend, no less!), there’s no time like the present to start. Some of you may remember the container we planted up last autumn, and we got so many enthusiastic comments that we thought we’d share another quick, easy and scalable scheme for your enjoyment.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

Plant this now for pollinators: cerinthe major

April 10th, 2017

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Blooms for Bees – mapping Britain’s Bumblebees

March 31st, 2017

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An exciting new research project launches in the first week of April, which aims to gather more information about our bumblebees by inviting volunteers to conduct short 5 minute surveys in their gardens, much as the RSPB do with their annual Big Garden Birdwatch. We were delighted to have a chat with Judith Conroy, one of the researchers for Blooms for Bees, to find out a little more…

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