Beautiful and vital early blooms

Another blossom in full bloom.. so important to have flowers all year around, for our insects, this is especially important for the native mason bees. With the weather getting milder, it’s wonderful to know there is a ready source of food for early emergents.
#flowersofinstagram #shrubsofinstagram #pieris #pollinators #masonbees #beesofinstagram #farmingwithnature #naturefriendlyfarming #kintaline

Pieris blooms in February

February sympathy wreath

Losing a loved one is the saddest time, and remembering those who have passed before.
A natural, local, home grown, long lasting wreath lovingly hand made is a beautiful tribute. Seasonal blooms or personal flowers can be incorporated. Local delivery available.

All natural Funeral and memorial wreaths

Funeral and memorial wreaths : handmade to order : a zero carbon all natural way to remember loved ones at the saddest times. Multiple species harvested from our own land, changing seasonally.
Including Rosemary for remembrance.
Personal flowers can be incorporated. Message / email for details

All natural home grown, hand made 12 inch wreath. Wire base, moss covered, seasonal foliage. Made with live for your dearest at the saddest times. Personal flowers can be included.

#funeral #funeralflowers #naturalwreath #zerocarbon #handmade #localcraft #benderloch #oban

Sowing preparations for the coming season

Storm Brendan might still be howling around having kept us all awake all night but looking forward to the coming growing season makes everything worth while. This “half tunnel” was made up using old tunnel hoops against a building to create an easy working space. The tables are sand covered in thick coffee that worms love but slugs don’t! It could be tidier !! and all our equipment is very ancient .. root trainers are wonderful for the broad beans and early peas and these are at least 20 years old !!

January pollinators

What do we have around for any bees out in the increasingly mild month of January?

So far it’s been really wet here on the west, but very little snow around us.

In between the showers there are likely to be winter insects, even bees, out and about.

What do we have flowering for them?

Mahonia, Gorse, Ivy, Periwinkle, Hellebores, Snowdrops

There is strong growth on the other early bulbs, and plans to take lots of cuttings so that the Mahonia can be spread into hedge rows across the farm. The flowers and berries are edible too.

Beeswax wraps Jan 2020

Love giving old fabrics a new purpose : .
Each of these are 100% cotton and can be used many many times before they can be put on the compost heap.
The common sizes are 30 x 30 for £7 : 25 x 25 for £5 :
Mostly they are a variety of sizes, some designs in a mix of sizes, and some only one size that make the best use of the design or the cloth.

Some of these are available into the Made In Argyll shop in Oban on the pier. They are also available direct from the farm, including mail order. There is a paypal button beside each pattern. I will refund excess postage for multiple purchases.

Make 2020 the year we ditch the single use plastic, care for our planet, and these are such a lovely way to take a simple step.

dark blue fruits bees wax wrapFruits on dark blue background 30 x 30 cm beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Apricot Dragonflies 30 x 30 cm bees wax wrap Apricot Dragonflies 30 x 30 cm bees wax wrap £7 + P&P
Cream burgundy green flowers beeswax wraps Cream burgundy green flowers beeswax wraps (small/medium) £6 + P&P
Green floral design on cream beeswax wrapGreen floral design on cream background small/medium beeswax wrap £6 + P&P
Bold apricot green peach flower pattern beeswax wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
geometric blue pink whiteGeometric blue pink white beeswax medium wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Fawn grey white flowers  beeswax wrapFawn grey white flowers beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
blue white flowers beeswax wrapsBlue white flowers medium beeswax small/medium wrap £7 + P&P
Brown birds foliage beeswax wrapBrown birds foliage beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Birds foliage green background beeswax wrapBirds foliage green background beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
grey cream burgundy geometric beeswax  wrapsGeometric grey cream burgundy pattern beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Greens Browns paisley stripe beeswax wrap Greens Browns paisley stripe beeswax wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Green pink rosettes beeswax wrapGreen pink white flowers cup beeswax wrap 27 x 25 cm £5 + P&P
Peach Green flowers and stripes 35 x 34 cm beeswax wrapPeach Green flowers and stripes 35 x 34 cm beeswax wrap £8 + P&P
Green small flowers beeswax wrapGreen small flowers beeswax wrap 31 x 28 cm £6 + P&P
Pink Roses on pink background beeswax wrapPink Roses on pink background beeswax small wrap 25 x 25 cm £5 + P&P
Blue flowers and ribbons beeswax wraps 2 packBlue flowers and ribbons beeswax wraps 2 pack of small 32 x 25 cm £9.50 + P&P
Horses riders green black white beeswax wraps large wrap 34 x 30 cm £8 + P&P
Beeswax wrap girl dog umbrella pinkBeeswax wrap girl dog umbrella pink medium size £7 + P&P

Burgundy green presents beeswax wrapsBurgundy green presents beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

purple blue flowersPurple Blue flowers Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

browns greens landscape dots beeswax wrapsBrowns Greens landscape dots Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
flowers on white background beeswax wrapFlowers on white background Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

Willows for sale

Winter 2019/2020

We now have a variety of Willow (and Balsam poplar) pegs for sale which can be sent mail order or collected from the farm.
(and some well established in pots, also for local sales)

Basket willows : Construction willow : Native willows  (and Balm of Gilead, Balsam poplar, which is not a willow but can start in the same way and is highly vigorous)

Basket willows  :
40p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Varieties : Flanders Red : Brittany Green : Packing Twine : Tri Norfolk. Packing Twine . Dark Dick . (may have a couple of others spare)

Eugenii 35p : is vigorous but not as massive as the Chinese, it is better for small constructions like domes and tunnels as well as lower hedging and tree hay

“Construction” biomass, tree hay Chinese willow : Chinese (Salix miyabeana)
35p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)

Native / Species Willows

Grey Willow
30p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix hybrids
35p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Balm of Gilead / Balsam Poplar
40p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix udensis
50p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix Udensis is a lovely shrubby vigorous willow, with very early catkins (already opening in Jan in Argyll) so one of the best for early bees in mild spring days, its branching and covered in soft strappy leaves that our sheep love, cut and come again all year, so really good for a fenceline hedgerow where the stock can help themselves from one side, and we can make tree hay from the other.  It does not get very tall and thrives on being cut back.

  • Salix Udensis .. a branching vigorous shrubby willow with lots of fine leaves, one of the earliest to bud and provide vital food for the bees and other pollinators that are out in the mild winter weather.