If you're planning on adding the bee brick to your garden or implementing it within building it's a good idea to carefully consider bee friendly planting in the surrounding area so that your solitary bees have a rich food source on their doorstep. If you're a little unsure about the richest sources of nectar and the best providers of pollen, you're not alone!! But fortunately the RHS have put together the Perfect for Pollinators list. These lists have been extensively researched and will continue to be reviewed and amended as more data is gathered but they are a great resource for deciding on your bee friendly planting. Below is a summary of ten wild plants and ten garden plants from the lists but we highly recommend that you visit the RHS perfect for Pollinators page here to learn all about how to bee more friendly in your planting! Wild Plants â€¢ Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) â€¢ Cantaurea scabiosa (greater knapweed) â€¢ Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove) â€¢ Eupatorium cannabinum (hemp agrimony) â€¢ Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle) â€¢ Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram) â€¢ Thymus pulegioides (large thyme) â€¢ Trifolium repens (white clover) â€¢ Verbascum nigrum (dark mullein) â€¢ Viburnum opulus (guelder rose) Garden Plants â€¢ Caryopteris x clandonensis (caryopteris) â€¢ Dianthus barbatus (sweet william) â€¢ Hesperis matronalis (dameâ€™s violet) â€¢ Hyssopus officinalis (hyssop) â€¢ Jasminum officinale (common jasmine) â€¢ Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) â€¢ Lychnis coronaria (rose campion) â€¢ Monarda didyma (bergamot or bee balm) â€¢ Verbena bonariensis (purple top) â€¢ Weigela florida (weigelia)
We've got a lovely tower of bee bricks outside our studio which have recently become very much inhabited! Lunchtimes are spent fascinatedly (not quite a word but sums it up!) watching the bees heading in and out of the various cavities, building and provisioning their nests. It really is a beautiful site and something we're sure most children would enjoy watching too. And because they aren't aggressive there's no worrying about being stung. So there's still time to get your bee brick or block out in place and enjoy watching the action, just make sure they are in a warm sunny spot and near plenty of feeding sources for the bees.
Image courtesy of @thegardenspot on twitter.We were delighted that our bee bricks and blocks were included on the Alitex stand at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, a bit sad that we couldn't make it up to visit them though!
Image courtesy of Alitex.
Alitex are an award winning greenhouse and conservatory company who work with the National Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, amongst others. We were delighted when they were awarded the best trade stand at this years Chelsea event, hoping our bee bricks helped a little!
The bricks looked great on the stand and caused quite a buzz (sorry!) on twitter during the event.
We are so delighted to announce that the Bee Brick fought off strong competition to win the Soil Association's Innovation Award. This was a fantastic honour and an amazing accolade for our bee brick. It has raised our profile and we've been honoured to have had some exciting conversations with real experts both in the building industry and working with wildlife. We were also completely blown away by the Soil Associations endorsement of our win.Â Tom MacMillan, director of innovation at the Soil Association, said; â€œThe very reason we set up the Innovation Awards was to find and promote initiatives like Green & Blueâ€™s Bee Brick. We couldnâ€™t be more excited that such a fantastic idea has won. Innovation is at the heart of what the Soil Association does, and it is a privilege to be able to support pioneering ideas like the Bee Brick and to see so many people join in by voting.â€ We couldn't be more delighted either! You can buy the bee brick online here or, if you are interested in using the bee brick in a building project you can find out more over on our sister website here.