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

Aug19

Seminar On Topiary Composition

organic topiary blob autumn

Topiary Composition and design is a major part of my work – which is why I have created an online seminar for keen gardeners and creatives to learn how to compose a piece of topiary. There are several dates available so please head here to buy a ticket. The seminar lasts two hours (including q and a) and will explore the process needed to look at a shrub or hedge and work out what you can design from it. These principles have been learnt the hard way – through mentoring, experimenting and years of practise. Hopefully, it will help you shortcut …

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Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.