THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec04

The Amelia Project

We have to give a massive shout out to our friends at Imploding Fictions for their brand new series…

The Amelia Project

Have you had a listen yet?

Amelia Project

The Amelia Project is an audio drama podcast that offers a very special service – they can make their clients disappear, giving them the chance to start over!

The trouble is – how long can this new secret life last?

We have had great pleasure in working with Imploding Fictions, who have written this fantastic new podcast, over many years. They have supported our work at Modern Mint and always listened as we shared what we were up to in the garden.

So we would really love for you to check out their latest project, subscribe, download and most of all – listen and enjoy the goings on of The Amelia Project….

Go listen to the Amelia Project podcast now!

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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