THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Feb28

Creature Candy – Helping Nature In The UK

Just a quick note to let you know about this lovely company – Creature Candy.

We have some of their tea towels and think they do some beautiful designs, all inspired by nature. Lizzie, who started the company, is very lovely and you should definitely go check out their products and support them. The first reason, as I said, because the items you can buy are great.

But also….

Because Creature Candy was started to raise awareness for declining wildlife species here in the UK. We are talking bats, bumblebees and even the red squirrel – amazing work!

10% of every single product sold goes towards charities that help these species to survive and, we hope, one day thrive. Last year they gave over £3000 to British Wildlife Charities, a huge sum that can really support the work done by these conservation projects.

With your help, it could be even more.

Visit Creature Candy now and get yourself a British made gift that helps save our wildlife!


(And don’t forget, that if you want to make a difference to your carbon footprint, the easiest thing you can do is switch to a green energy supplier. Simple to do, makes a difference today. Go Green Now!

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

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 …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

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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 …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

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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