I have mentioned her a couple of times already while blogging, not only her brilliant unpowered powerpoint workshop at the DARG Seminar but also that I sent her some seeds of my bee-attracting globe thistle. She’s Sarah Holdsworth and readers of the BBKA News will have read her series of articles on plants for bees. She describes herself as a ‘concerned environmentalist’, but, although she loves bees, hasn’t found the time to keep them herself.
She kindly offered to give me seeds or a plant in return for the seeds with which she is pleased. I drove across to her place a couple of days ago and we had a good natter. She gave me a Manuka shrub (she has hundreds in her polytunnels), having assured me that it wouldn’t make my honey taste of Savlon! She also gave me a couple of wooden pallets that I am dismantling for the planks with which to make a top bar hive to go between a pair of apple trees at the back of her plot.
The intention is to stock it next swarming season and we can work it together.