THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Oct07

Easy Bulbs to Plant this Autumn

What are the best looking, easiest bulbs to plant this Autum? Here are a few we are putting into designs for our clients…

1) Narcissus ‘Thalia’

2) Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

3) Narcissus ‘Actaea’

4) Narcissus ‘February Gold’

5) Tulipa ‘Ballerina’

(We thought about adding pictures and explanations to help you decide they are worth planting – but planting bulbs is such an act of faith – that we didn’t want to give away what will come up in the spring. What we mean is, you get these tough little bulbs and bury them in the dark, let life carry on and forget what you did right now, here in the Autumn… then suddenly, they are poking their heads up out of the soil, making you exclaim with joy and dream of warmer days and shorter nights… so we left the pictures out of this blog post, left you to an act of Autumnal faith… trust us, they are great (and easy!) varieties which you shouldn’t be without in the garden…

You can get all of these bulbs here at Sarah Raven…

Our last advice to give you about these bulbs? Plant them in the hundreds… so that these bulbs will make a fantastic show for you in the Spring!

(For more on bulbs try these books below…)

The Bulb Expert: The world’s best-selling book on bulbs (Expert Books)

Bulb: A Hand-Picked Selection of the World’s Most Beautiful Bulbs

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.