THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Consider yourself an artist
If you consider yourself a gardener
Consider yourself a scientist too.
Stretch your body to smell
The peony that sits mid-border,
Rising above the acid green head
Of the squat euphorbia
In front of it.
Because you need that physical flair, too,
This hobby, this weekend pastime
Asks so much of you.
Allow the brain time to assess each sign
Trust in the seeds you sow.
As each branch that makes up the gardener
Body, brain, art and science
Are as important as what you grow.
Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …
Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …
Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022