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Five Ways to Protect Our Bees

Here at Devonshire Tea, we love almost anything associated with the outdoors, especially when it comes to wildlife, however, it’s easy to forget how much of a significant impact they have on ourselves and the environment.

We would be lying if we said we didn’t have a soft spot for our Honey Bees. Honey Bees are awesome little creatures, known for pollinating a third of the world’s fruit and vegetables.

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However, over the past 5 years, there has been a dramatic decline in bees caused by many factors including toxic pesticides, parasites and intense agriculture farming. Every year on the third Saturday of August marks National Honey Bee Day and to mark the occasion we’ve curated five ways to help protect our bees…

 

1. Bee-friendly plants

Whether you have small or big plot to work with, there are a number of plants that can help benefit the bees. Herbs are a great place to start, easy to plant, look after and are a huge energy source for our bees. Certain herbs such as Chive, Sage and Rosemary being especially beneficial and perfect for the Summer into Winter months.

 

2. Stop Weeding!

Yes, you read that right! Many weeds such as dandelions are an excellent source of food for bees. In the colder months, these can be the only source of food and not just for bees but for many insects also. They might not look so pretty but they help the wildlife through the winter months and hey, you now have valid excuse to drop the weeding job!

3. Water

This pretty important and really easy too, especially recently with the drier months. Simply leaving a small bowl of water on a balcony on in the corner of your garden helps bees get all the water they need during the warmer days.

 

4. Buy Local

This might come as no surprise but here at Devonshire Tea, we are all about supporting and buying locally especially when it comes to honey, used as a substitute for sugar in our tea and on our morning porridge. When buying local honey you are supporting local beekeepers as well as their bees!

All raw honey, unlike pasteurised honey, comes straight from the hive is unheated, unpasteurised and undiluted which means it retains all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and delicious flavour! We love Devon Flower Honey from From Field and Flower.

 

5. The fewer pesticides, the better!

Try to eliminate the use of pesticides within your garden, especially on the plants that attract bees. They are harmful to humans as well as bees and it’s known to be one of the main causes of the decline in bees.

 

Interested in finding out more ways to help protect our wildlife? Head over to www.friendsoftheearth.uk for campaigns and general information.

How To Make Floral Ice Cubes

These long glorious days with the subtle hints of perfumed flowers each morning and evening also mean that our favourite flower, lavender, is in full bloom. Just walking a few steps into a garden, it’s pretty easy to see and smell that gorgeous purple blanket; and what a site it is!

Here at Devonshire Tea we love lavender for its versatility. Known for its distinctive smell as well as its soothing and relaxing properties, it’s the perfect flower to use year-round.

With the past month being one of the hottest months on record we spent as much time outside as possible whilst keeping those cool drinks flowing, yet we found we got tired of the same old ice cold drinks.

This month we decide to up our alfresco game and created our very own floral ice cubes. Perfect everyday or for a party, this is a super easy way to capture the season and add a bit of creativity to any summer beverage. Follow these few simple steps for creating the perfect floral ice cubes!

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  1. We always suggest using edible flowers if you are wanting to eat them. We used culinary lavender which is fine for consumption. You can buy edible flowers from your local farmers market or online, we recommend Greens of Devon.
  2. Place flowers into each ice cube compartment, making sure they are as flat as possible. We also used gypsophila in our cubes for a decorative effect.
  3. We suggest using boiling water as it doesn’t crystallise as much, meaning you will be able to see the flowers much more clearly.
  4. Place level in the freezer for a minimum of 15 hours, and be careful when removing the ice cubes from the tray.
  5. Add to your desired drink, and enjoy!

These lavender ice cubes are the perfect addition to a tea party, wedding, or any special occasion. We used ours in tonic water – a refreshing drink ideal for these hot summer days.

We’re keen to try mint next!

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Let's face it, Winter is an emotional rollercoaster. With the decline in temperature, the effects of those overindulgent Christmas festivities, and the added pressure of New Year resolutions, this season can be a drag.

But, with brighter mornings and longer evenings, spring is finally on the horizon. In this month’s post we are focusing on how updating your home interiors can get you out of that winter rut and welcome the new season.

New House Plants

When we talk about spring, words like fresh, floral and cheery come to mind. Foliage is a great first step to incorporate some fresh spring vibes into your home.

From low-maintenance cactuses* to a stylish Monstera (aka the Swiss cheese plant), there are plants to suit everyone, whether you're green fingered or not. Indoor plants don't just add a pop of colour to a dreary room or fill a bleak corner, they can be a subtle way of adding some life into your home, without going over the top with expensive flowers.

What's also great is that house plants are known to reduce stress levels and create a feeling of wellbeing. Plants such as succulents and cactuses are low maintenance, cheap, and readily available to buy. So head to your nearest garden centre or plant shop, and gather your favourite new plant friends!

Our favourite plant shop… NoGutsNoGlory in Exeter


Invest in New Art

A lot of the time we see wall art as an afterthought when re-designing interiors when, in fact, art can have a huge impact on the overall emotion of a room. Certain art can remind us of certain times, places, or memories. A piece of art can be the statement piece of a room and can actually form the colour scheme for everything else in it.

Art doesn't have to be a picture within a frame, you can create numerous everyday objects into pieces of art like free-standing baskets, hats or even clocks. This is a great way of creating space for those miscellaneous objects that you don't always have a home for.

Our favourite artist… Becky Bettesworth


Spring Scents

Interior design isn't just about what you see and how it makes you feel – our sense of smell has a powerful link to our emotions and feelings. Certain smells can create the perfect atmosphere to reflect day, night, or even seasons.

Although it may sound obvious, the first step to neutralising your home scent is opening the windows. There is just something about the crisp breeze that can change the emotion in your home, eliminating any stuffiness, and leaving the room feeling bright and fresh.

Diffusers are also a great way of introducing scents. We love how delicate and non-intrusive diffusers are. Scents such as clean linen, lavender, vanilla and sweet tea are great, neutral, everyday house smells that remind us of spring.

Our favourite diffuser… Willow & Honey Himalayan Cedar & Jasmine


Pops of Colour

Here at Devonshire Tea, we love colour. No doubt you can tell from our packaging and the photos we share that our eye is always drawn to bright, vibrant colours. We love the turn of spring as the flowers start to bloom and the trees start to replenish their leaves, replacing browns and greys with lively greens and yellows.

Adding pops of colour to your interiors is a great way of mirroring spring inside your home. Colours such as pinks, greens, and yellows are perfect spring colours that will bring life and vibrancy to any room. Bright, colourful and patterned cushions, blankets, and throws are cost-effective ways of adding new features to a neutral canvas.

Our favourite blankets… Atlantic Blankets


Rearrange Furniture

We are all creatures of habit — we hate the idea of changing things and, although it can feel like a daunting exercise, you will be thanking us later.

Rearranging furniture is one of the easiest ways to give your own home a spruce without needing to spend a penny. It can make a room feel bigger and, who knows, you might find those long lost keys you thought you would never see again!

Rearranging your kids' rooms can also be a resourceful exercise — it's the perfect opportunity to get rid of those toys that have seen the light of day lately!

Our favourite kids' furniture… Great Little Trading Co.


We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to bring spring into your home. If you give any of our tips a go, be sure to tag us! @devonshiretea #springiscoming