THE MODERN MINT BLOG
(For some background on bees start here…)
The Bee Cause is a campaign run by Friends of the Earth. They have helped the Government draw up a Bee Action Plan to help stop the decline of pollinating insects. Now, on the 16th April 2014, you are invited to feedback to the Government on how to make their Bee Action Plan even better.
This is your chance to speak.
To attend all you need to do is register using the workshop registration form which is near the bottom of the page here.
Hope you can make it!
To help grow plants for bees, these Seedballs are an easy option for beginners…
Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …
Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …
Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022