Bee Palace

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 »

 

 

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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Handmade in Stoke – a chat with beepalace’s potter, Brian

March 14th, 2017

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Our beepalaces are handmade in Stoke, once at the heart of the industrial revolution and pottery production. According to Stoke’s newspaper, The Sentinel, the number of people now working in the pottery industry in the UK is around 8,000 – down from 50,000 people working in Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery factories in the 1970s. Whilst we’re unlikely to ever see those kind of numbers again, Stoke has recently retooled its kilns (Emma Bridgewater’s factory is also in the area) and we’re proud to be a part of the next chapter of the potteries’ story. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

Winter gardens to visit over the Christmas week

December 22nd, 2016

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As we get ever closer to the Christmas holiday, we just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017. It’s been our pleasure meeting you all at craft shows, garden fairs and through messages via our website – thank you!

If you’re hankering for some winter colour between Christmas and New Year, here are some of the gardens on our to-visit (or ‘have visited’) lists – each offering something to brighten up the winter days, whether it’s by spectacular light shows, clever planting, or simply nature at it’s finest. It can’t hurt that these all also give you an excuse to walk off those extra mince pies as well! Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

Christmas gift ideas for the colourful garden

December 1st, 2016

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Yes, we know the advent calendars have only just gone up, but as we’re into December proper we feel we can now utter the word ‘Christmas’…

Here’s a round up of some of our favourite ideas for Christmas gifts, all of which are likely to add a little contemporary and colourful style into your garden. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

Colourful Winter Containers

November 17th, 2016

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One of the most common questions asked of gardeners, garden designers and plantsmen and women is how to brighten up the garden in winter. Sure, it’s certainly not as easy as it is during the summer, but if you’re really savvy it’s entirely possible to create a single container that not only creates colourful interest through the darkest months, but is extremely pollinator-friendly as well. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

The Asian Hornet & Our Native Pollinators

November 3rd, 2016

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Pollinators are vital to our ecosystems, so it’s worrying that after years of concern, the first Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the UK in September. Unlike our native hornet, its Asian counterpart has the rather dubious distinction of preying on honey bee colonies and thereby poses a very real threat to colony numbers – as well as other native species. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

“The flash of a red mason bee lights up a grey spring”.

June 20th, 2016

Jonathan Tulloch writing in The Times (30/06/2016) lavished praise on the red mason bee when he chose it as the one animal he would nominate for a berth on the ark! Given the weather we have had recently, this may not be far from the truth!

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“The bees’ needs”

April 7th, 2016

We are very pleased to have embarked on some co-branding with Seedball which is part of Project Maya (their aim is to provide meadowland in urban spaces throughout the world! Inspiring!).

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Brian, our very popular Potter from Stoke…

February 22nd, 2016

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We published this picture of Brian, our Potter, at his workshop in Stoke on Trent on our Facebook page and got a lot of “likes”. Everyone likes a happy face! He’s a fantastic potter running a family business with a real passion for producing good pottery. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

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