THE MODERN MINT BLOG
After many years of hard work, the wonderful group ‘Flowers From The Farm’ have been spoken about quite a lot this week in the media.
We were a ‘seedling’ on Flowers From The Farm when they first began their quest to bring fresh, seasonal flowers to more people. They have since grown and adapted and, importantly, supported so many people who want to grow flowers.
Great reads so do go and check them out, then visit the FFTF website to see which grower is local to you.
Or, if you fancy producing your own blooms at home (and there really is nothing lovelier!) check out our ideas, based on first hand experience of growing flowers for the vase.
We are fans of effective microbes, and use the in our topiary work. They help keep plants healthy, meaning the plants have more tools in their toolbox and energy in their lives to stave off any diseases. Here is a lovely article that tells you how to make your own microbes. Right at the end. Make Your Own Microbes
Boxwood is one of our absolute favourite plants. The evergreen leaf that shines in winter, the smell as you clip it, the brilliant shapes you can make from it… but it is suffering somewhat from two major problems: Box Blight Boxwood Caterpillar and Moth None of this is the be all and end all for boxwood, but it helps to be aware of it and know a little about what you can do should either of these problems arise. Boxwood Caterpillar & Moth I hadn’t seen this in a garden I worked on until this spring, when a client I …
Last weekend I visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, to take part in an orchard design course they were running. Beautiful place and a warm day, I recommend a visit. I came home with 3 bottles of cider. Drank them all. Then realised they were weighing in at 8%. I don’t recover that quickly (no longer being 20 years old) and so had something of a musty head the next morning. The power of apples I say! Below are some notes I made from the day. They may be of use to you, although really they are there for …