THE MODERN MINT BLOG
As you know, I give somewhere around 50-75 talks per year. These are at various garden clubs, WI’s, gardening festivals, Oddfellows groups, U3A’s and anywhere else that needs some entertaining.
I have 4 talks currently available, on the following subjects:
- Garden Design
- Plants For Bees
And will be writing a new garden talk for 2019.
At this moment it has no title, but I believe it will be about British gardens, pruning, soil, no-dig gardening, orchard management and food growing. It promises to be fun, as always…. and as informative as can be.
If you would like to book a new talk for 2019, please do contact me so we can find some dates.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …
Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …
Robinia is often forgotten – by me, actually! – when thinking of plants for topiary. But when I work on it I do love it, brittle and soft as the wood is if you climb into it. But that danger of snapping a branch with a heavy step and falling out of the tree aside, I love it for the dappled light it allows into the garden space. Robinia Near The Sea Below is a Robinia I have gently clipped over the last few years, down near Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The tree was large when I arrived, although it is …