THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug21

Who To Follow On Twitter

Twitter – we use it to push our work out into the world. But, out of the 400+ people we follow, who are the most interesting?

Nigel Dunnett

Yorkshire Sheperdess

Herdwick Sheperd

West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue

Rare Breeds Survival Trust (of which we are also a member. Why? Because it makes us feel good to support the work they do. You may get this good feeling too, for just £34 a year… Join RBST here.)

They all post lots of photos, which are then easy to retweet with your own followers. These photos are also thrilling – Nigel Dunnett’s work on roof gardens is so far ahead of the ubiquitous ‘sedum mat’ most people recommend, while the Twitter pics of the two sheperdess’ will make your jaw hit the floor.

The other night we began looking at one picture and twenty minutes later we realised we were still flicking through… and it certainly wasn’t time wasted!

The others we follow on Twitter – most of them gardeners or businesses, both local and national – are interesting enough… but they don’t do it for us like the above. We are also quite aware, now we have had time to think about it, that we need to up our Twitter game too. Otherwise we are just wasting other people’s attention, surely?

We don’t take many photos (we know we should, but it is customers talking about us that gets most of our work. The garden design portfolio is, in essence, just a shop front) and the photos we do take that we actually like and want to share are ridiculous – like this apricot on a plate…

Apricot

It hardly matches up to the Yorkshire Sheperdess and her horses.

We are also more comfortable with words. Perhaps we can tweet lines from the blogs we write? Quotes sent out on Twitter are also popular (though not popular enough with us to break into our top 5 above…)

It is the push system that Twitter uses that is so good – you push your work out and it goes straight to people, knocking on their doors to tell them it is there. A blog can be posted and it doesn’t enter the world with the same force, it is placed ‘out there’ and awaits people finding it. So valuable information – like this from Dan Pearson – can be missed.

We will continue looking at what tweeting does for Modern Mint – as a business, also as a way to live. Do we want to use it? If using it, can we make it better for the people who are seeing it? What steps can we take so that it adds value to their lives – this is exactly what we try so hard to do when we take on a new client – add value to their lives. Shouldn’t we do the same with our tweets?

Having said all of this, and hopefully pointed you in the direction of some great Tweeters, here is where you can follow Modern Mint on Twitter. Or do you think you can inspire us enough with your Twittering to break into our top 5?

Or for more about Twitter and other social media, here are some books that will make you think…


May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.