THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May09

Ditch The Power Tools (To Be A Happier Gardener)

We love topiary and clipping here at Modern Mint. That is one of the reasons we sell some of the best, sharpest and most beautifully balanced hand tools in the business…   THE BEST TOPIARY CLIPPERS. EVER. So it is gratifying to read about others who have ditched the power tools and started taking the time to garden with a better, quieter connection to the plants. “I decided at the end of autumn 2015 to become a fossil fuel-free gardener – or at least work towards it. No bothering with extension cables, no fiddling with my chainsaw’s petrol-oil mix, just …

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Mar27

Phillyrea – A Shrub We Should Grow More Of!

Phillyrea is a shrub we came across a fair few years ago, in our search for clippable topiary shrubs. It seems to have been out of favour a long time – this piece about the plant by Mary Keen is from 2004, encouraging gardeners to try it out. But those 13 years pale in comparison to the last time it was popular – in the 17th and 18th centuries! This Blog About Phillyrea Teaches You… Why it might be unpopular now Shows photos of it as beautiful topiary, as well as a mature plant Suggests the tool you need to …

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