THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May06

3 More Nurseries to Tell You About…

A s we have already blogged about, this week is National Nurseries Week. So here are three more nurseries you should get to know because they are knowledgeable and grow great plants.

1) Margery Fish Plant Nursery, Somerset

Established by Margery Fish in the 1950’s, go here if you are a galanthophile or a lover of cottage garden plants.

2) Glendoick, Perth

Still growing over 80% of their stock in nursery beds, this is THE nursery to go to if you want azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.

3) Spring Reach Nursery, Surrey

They are not a garden centre – do not expect a tea room! What you will get is great advice, especially in plants for difficult places. Problem with rabbits? Speak to them about their range of rabbit proof plants.

Books by Glendoick’s Managing Director Kenneth Cox:

Rhododendrons and Azaleas: A Colour Guide

Scotland for Gardeners: The Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres

Garden Plants for Scotland

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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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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