THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar18

Growing Botanicals in Hampshire

How do you grow Cassia in the UK? You have to make it up as you go along….

We have found a lovely, short interview about growing the botanicals for Bombay Sapphire Gin in 2 glasshouses in Hampshire (near where we learnt to garden just outside Basingstoke!)

According to the gardener Chris Cottrell, who runs the glasshouses at Laverstoke Mill, the only other place in the country that is growing cassia is Kew, so when it starts to look unhealthy there are not a lot of places to turn for advice.

It is the bark of the cassia tree that is used to flavour Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Read the article here.

Grab a bottle of Bombay Sapphire here.

Or discover more about UK Gin, the artisans that make it and the range of botanicals used in one of our most popular blog posts at Modern Mint – Best Gin 2017 – The Most Useful Guide To UK Gin.

Apr23

Escallonia – THE PLANT FOR BEES?

Here is a note form our Facebook page about the wonderful evergreen shrub Escallonia. Not only is it immensely easy to clip into brilliant shapes (oh, how we love topiary….) but it seems to be a winner when it comes to the bees. Has anyone done some research on this? For another shrub that is reportedly loved by the bees, move on from this Escallonia post and focus on Phillyrea.

Apr19

A Poem From Shane Koyczan

Just occasionally we come across a writer who shares something with us we really enjoy, that really hits the right button for that moment. This time, that writer is poet Shane Koyczan. As part of his newsletter, he sends out a new poem. Last month the poem was the one below, entitled ‘Whatever Mountain’. The lines ‘you will have won nothing by crossing this finish line / It exists / only to task you with discovering / how much deeper / you can go’ from the middle section felt extraordinary to read. It is a positive, powerful poem about moving forward. Sometimes, when we …

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Apr18

Our Bee-Friendly, Organic Bulbs Are Flowering

We received this photo from a follower on Twitter last week, showing off the organic bulbs he bought from us and planted in his garden… @ModernMintLtd here you go. pic.twitter.com/86Je5cY8dO — Mike Conrad-Pickles (@Mikeandhisdog) April 7, 2017 Amazing! Those will be some happy bees! Read this to find out more about the bee friendly bulbs you can plant in your garden – Organic Bulbs.