Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeepers Divisional Garden 2016
This was a great show, held at Barleylands.
Our divisional display garden won 1st prize to our delight and amazement. Thank you to all those who contributed, especially Darren for making the structure and ensuring it all went according to plan.
2016 Essex Honey Show Results – those highlighted in yellow are DMBKA members. Well done to all of them.
The concept of this year’s garden was behind the principle that plants all produce pollen and nectar to a lesser or greater degree. Some provide just pollen, some just nectar. The watering cans are symbolic of the flowing nectar and pollen from plants and that these are intrinsically linked to the beautiful flowers that are produced. All the flowers in this garden are used by bees; these include solitary bees, bumblebees as well as honeybees. Ajuga and myositis provide early pollen and nectar and the Hedera late flow honey. Myositis is the smallest of pollens.
The planting pots are hexagonal linking the notion of honey with the collection of pollen and nectar, fundamental to the collection of each in the production of honey.
All the plants included are easily obtained from a good nursery or garden centre. Those used were from Meadowcroft SWF, Claremont Maldon
The plants that we had in the garden:
Coreopsis “Pineapple Pie”
Hedera helix “Glymii”
Clematis triternata “Rubromarginata
Salivia “Mystic Spires”
Sedum ewersii “Rose Carpet”
Anemone hupehensis Splendens
Abelia parvifolia “Bumblebee”
The hexagonal planting pots were made of reclaimed scaffold boards; the pole for the decorative watering can planters was a reclaimed broom brush.
2016 1st Prize – Divisional Garden – Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeepers