THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul15

Finnish Gardens

From our trip to Western Finland last summer to check out some Finnish gardens, the Finnish landscape, and get some garden ideas

Director Darren Lerigo looking relaxed...
Director Darren Lerigo looking relaxed…

The landscape around you effects the way you behave. Notice how much colour the Finnish people use… symptomatic of the short growing season…

Do we use enough colour in the UK? Or do we not appreciate just how bold we can go? Although a white garden is lovely, we can take lessons from people who like a more vibrant palette – try The Bold and Brilliant Garden if you need ideas.

Bedding plants must be shipped in from Sweden.
A Finnish Greenhouse. Amazing, yes…?

Everything gets recycled and reused, like this spade being used as a shallow surface to grow plants… echoes of Derek Jarman’s Garden by the sea, anyone…?

all recycled - derek jarman

We hope to go back soon, as the Finnish gardens and landscapes we saw last summer were beautiful and inspiring. Don’t forget to check out our trip to Japan either…

And for a real colour boost to your borders – go make use of this sale by clicking the link below!

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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