THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun06

The Garden In Motion

During lockdown I went through a number of old notebooks. I found a note about Gilles Clement and The Garden …

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Mar19

Topiary Design: Thinking About Pruning

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Topiary design is something I think about a lot. Well I would, what with being a topiary artist who makes and maintains topiary, hedges and shrubs throughout the year. Topiary Design I am still searching for a way to share with you why I prune certain plants a certain way. The easiest answer for me to give is – “because pruning it that way is what it needs. That is just what the plant told me to do.” But let’s face it, that is of no use to you. Firstly because it gives you nothing specific or tangible to start …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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Jan24

Climate Emergency? Machynlleth? Yes! Yes! & Yes!

This story about Machynlleth declaring itself a town that wants to become carbon zero, is so worth a read. Climate Emergency. It Is A Thing! We have spoken about reducing your carbon footprint, through your garden, before. Have a read here too, about using your garden to capture carbon. And you can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE by changing your energy supplier, starting here with Bulb, a green energy provider.