THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May25

Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants: Ferns, Grasses & Half-Hardy Perennials

This is the second in our plant inspiration guide from garden designer Dan Pearson…

(Do check out this review of his excellent book ‘Spirit’.)

Ferns

Adiantum venustum

Asplenium scolopendrium

Athyrium ‘Ghost’

Dryopteris wallichiana

Osmunda regalis

Grasses

Briza media

Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’

Molinia caerulea subsp. Arundinacea ‘Transparent’

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Stipa barbata

Thamnochortus insignis

Half-hardy Perennials

Dahlia merckii ‘Alba’

Pelargonium tomentosum

Salvia discolor

Read Part 1, part 3, Part 4.

Further Reading:

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Contemporary Designers’ Own Gardens

Designing With Grasses

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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