THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul02

The Silence of Plants

The Silence of Plants

By Wislawa Szymborska
(Translated by Joanna Trzeciak)

A one-sided relationship is developing quite well between you and me.
I know what a leaf, petal, kernel, cone, and stem are, and I know what happens to you in April and December.

Though my curiosity is unrequited,
I gladly stoop for some of you,
and for others I crane my neck.

I have names for you:
maple, burdock, liverwort,
heather, juniper, mistletoe, and forget-me-not;
but you have none for me.

After all, we share a common journey.
When traveling together, it’s normal to talk,
exchanging remarks, say, about the weather,
or about the stations flashing past.

We wouldn’t run out of topics
for so much connects us.
The same star keeps us in reach.

We cast shadows according to the same laws.
Both of us at least try to know something,
each in our own way,
and even in what we don’t know
there lies a resemblance.

Just ask and I will explain as best I can:
what it is to see through my eyes,
why my heart beats,
and how come my body is unrooted.

But how does someone answer questions
which have never been posed,
and when, on top of that
the one who would answer
is such an utter nobody to you?

Undergrowth, shrubbery,
meadows, and rushes…
everything I say to you is a monologue,
and it is not you who’s listening.

A conversation with you is necessary
and impossible,
urgent in a hurried life
and postponed for never.

One of our favourite writers – she would have been 90 today.

The Silence of Plants is a lovely poem… “so much connects us. The same star keeps us in reach. We cast shadows according to the same laws…” just how great is that?

Build a relationship with your garden.

It makes you a better gardener.

Aug20

A Very British Garden – New Garden Talk For 2019

A brand new garden talk for 2019? My, what exciting news! Having had a busy summer, with the topiary work exploding after the Guardian article, I have plans to write a new garden talk for next year. So far I have written 6 different talks in the 4 years I have been running Modern Mint, 4 of which are still available for you to book. They are: What Do I Do With This Space? A garden talk that looks at how other cultures treat their outdoor spaces. A mixture of funny stories and practical advice, it shares techniques people from …

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Aug09

New Garden Talk For 2019

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: Watering Garden Design Tools 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 …

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Aug09

Topiary For Designers (& Other Pruning)

topiary artists

If you are a garden designer in need of some topiary for a project, please do get in touch here at Modern Mint. Darren has been pruning trees and hedges for 18 years. Charlotte has been a topiary artist (and is the best you will find) for well over 3 decades.  We are happy to help you design a topiary, provide ideas or feedback for an existing piece, maintain a sculpture to the highest standard or advise on the health and management of the plants. We work all over the UK and into Europe. Often we are asked to prune …

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