THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan25

Creative Pruning – A Vocabulary

A simple blog post today – we offer you a vocabulary to use when looking at ways to prune creatively, then at the end link to places you can buy tools and read more about the work of some of the key players in the pruning world.

We hope this vocabulary is useful though – as you never know when you might need to explain the difference between a wibble and a twmp – it may help sell the idea to a client, or unwilling family member who thinks you should just leave that tree well alone…

A Shape and Clipping Vocabulary

Blobs

Blobberies

Balls

Squares

Cubes

Rectangles

Dice

Domes

Cones

Spirals

Crenellation – a space between two merlons in a battlement wall.

Puddings

Multi-stem

Standards

Spheres

Buttresses

Windows

Arches

Wedding Cake

Boxes

Parasol

Goblet

Drumstick

Helter Skelters

Teardrops

Kidneys

Clouds

Rockets

Pyramids

Merlons – the upright bit in a castle fort (see crenallation… or google ‘crenels…) An archer may have peered through it to fire arrows.

Carbuncles

Parterre – a more formal topiary arrangement than a bump, say…

Doughnuts

Bumps

Parachutes

Niches

Batter – sloped side on a hedge, where the bottom is wider than the top allowing light to reach the whole height of the hedge.

Eggs

Slabs

Planes

Broccolli

Peacocks

Humps

Lumps

Bells

Bolls

Tunnels

Candles

Tumpties

Twmps

Mushrooms

Onions

Liberty caps

Nipples

Espalier

Pleached

Niwaki – meaning ‘garden tree’ – Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

Pollarded

Stilts

Stooled

Raised

Layed

Coppiced

Hedge – double, triple…

Flailed

Thinned

Animals

Chess Pieces

Top Hats

Russian Dolls

Plinths

Soldiers

Castles

Faces

Organic

Karikomi – one plant repeated in a great mass… for great effect…

Flat

Semi-flat

Poodle

Pompom

Furniture

Nursery & Topiary Specialists

Jake Hobson – sells tools here at Niwaki, and his books are here at Amazon.

Nicky Fraser – graffiti artist using hedges. Brilliant stuff!

Solitair

Charlotte Molesworth – It’s the shape of things to come.

Topiary Arts

Architectural Plants – where we first heard the term Niwaki.

Earlstone Box and Topiary – field grown box plants near where we lived in Hampshire.

Langley Boxwood – where we sourced little used Buxus ‘Herrenhausen’, a tiny leaved box…

European Boxwood and Topiary Society – publishers of the wonderful Topiarius magazine and brilliant starting place to learn about all things box. Modern Mint are proud to be members!

Tool Vocabulary

 

We hope this glossary of terms helps you put into words what you are trying to do when you clip. It is, much like the act of pruning, an organic artifact that is growing all the time as new people take up a pair of shears and begin to shape the plants around them.

We hope that you have a go this year, and can help add another word to the growing vocabulary of the pruner!

Jan14

Plastic ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin

Plastic ‘dalek’ compost bins. Peppered through the gardens in our country as a free gift from the councils. My guess is they gave out these bins because they wanted people to compost more, saving them money as they would have to take away less garden waste. Thinking to be applauded, right? But is there a design flaw in them and has it put people off making their own compost? The Great Reviews For A ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin Here is the one I mean… The ‘Dalek’ bin. They call it a compost converter online. It is made from recycled plastic, so that …

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Jan14

Why I Started Modern Mint

Why I Started Modern Mint I always loved working outside and especially working with trees. I still get a thrill, even now, when planting them. But it was only in 2014 when I moved from Hampshire to Essex that I began to shape and express the values I thought important enough to garden by – the ‘no chemicals’ rule, the recycling of resources, the increasing of life… My move to garden here in Essex, in the driest part of the UK, became the perfect opportunity to start again and share these ideas with people interested in the spaces and landscapes they live in. Modern Mint. The Place …

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Jan10

A Few Notes On Climate Change

Climate change – mention it and you are guaranteed to make the discussion political. (Which probably isn’t a bad thing, as long as people are not so entrenched in their views they won’t listen to the other side…. and of course, that never happens!) We went seal watching last summer on the estuary in Essex. It was amazing, seeing these wild animals just living on the banks. The man who took the group of us out on his boat spoke about the difference he has seen on the water over the last 30 years. He believes the water level has …

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