THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul17

Must-Read Books for Wildlife Gardening

We hope to inspire you with these must-read books for wildlife gardening – make time for them, and enjoy!


1) Start simply with Chris Baines…

How to Make a Wildlife Garden

2) Enjoy the sharp wit of Henk Gerritsen

Henk Gerritsen: Essay on Gardening

3) We have always been a fan of botanist Ken Thompson

No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening

4) The lovely writing style of Val Bourne (along with her excellent knowledge) will inspire you…

The Natural Gardener: The Way We All Want to Garden

5) We read this from Pam Lewis in one sitting…

Sticky Wicket: Gardening in Tune with Nature

6) We don’t know this one yet , but we keep hearing the name of Keith Wiley and it all seems to be good…

On the Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism

We hope you enjoy these suggestions of books for wildlife friendly gardening! To find more, search Amazon from here…

May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

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 …

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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

kites and strings podcast

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 …

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