I recently had a conversation with a fellow artist, Catherine Greenwood, about Artist Residencies and she mentioned that she once had a residency in an edible hedge.
I feel I a bit like I've just had a residency in my Raspberry patch - now I get it Catherine!
I take it all back ... a few days of sunshine and the garden is positively buzzing and I've never noticed such a variety of bees here before.
Last night I followed a twitter thread debating the pros and cons of beekeeping versus supporting the increase in our native pollinators.
In 2014 I created a mini meadow outside my studio and relaxed my long running debate with having a cropped lawn in the rest of the garden. Despite stealthily mowing round the Birds Foot Trefoil ("I couldn't mow the bees!"), overall the main lawn has been kept loosely sheared.
But now I've discovered a middle ground through the charity Plantlife - No Mow May
If I had known then what I know now
I would have started this diary years ago
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