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.
I will be bringing a show about gardening to the Faversham Fringe on Wednesday, August 28th at 8.30pm. More details and tickets here – Faversham Fringe, The Grinning Gardener.
I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …
Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!