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Introducing 2-D Topiary (aka Mowing Shapes On Your Lawn)


Well, I must say that I am very excited to have recently discovered a new and (I think very much) improved way of gardening, thanks to an interesting article that I read by an entomologist called Douglas Boyes called Obsessive Tidiness Disorder.

Yes, he suggested that we learn to stop worrying about the state of our garden/farm-land/public green space and start to love nature in all its messiness instead. (Fine by me; I love messy.)

Photo of two pink Don Featherstone lawn flamingos in a garden
ALL of my garden is messy so I can only show you this bit, soz…

He also said – with reference to our gardens – that if we purposely neaten parts of it (for example, have an area of short grass or tidy edges) then the areas that have been left wild will look acceptable too.

spring flowers grape hyacinths daffodils cartoon

And so, inspired by this fantastic read, I have decided to #saynotothemow in various part of my garden to encourage birds and bees and, well, anything that wants to pop by, really.

Photo of grass with the words #saynotothemow on it

I am also going to fully embrace the idea of 2-D Topiary (I’m gonna trade-mark that, by the way) aka Horizontal Topiary (that too) aka mowing shapes on your lawn (but not that) and I am extremely excited about it.

Cartoon picture of the word 2-D Topiary (with TM beside it)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go because I’ve got the mower on stand-by and a giant piece of tracing paper in the shape of a flamingo pinned to the back lawn. Yep…Wish me luck!

Cartoon picture of a stick person mowing the lawn with a piece of tracing paper on the grass in the shape of a flamingo

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