Bee Palace

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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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 »

 

 

Plant this now for pollinators: primrose

March 11th, 2017

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Plant this now for pollinators: cyclamen

February 21st, 2017

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