THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun15

Forgotten Father’s Day?

Then here are some suggestions…

meadow drive

Get the man a meadow.

Or, if he thinks grass only looks good when it is cut, get him a decent mower…

Hayter Harrier-48 19-inch Rear Roller Self Propelled Electric Start Petrol Lawnmower

These are manly shears (and sharp. And worth it.)

Okatsune 230 Long Handled Hedge Shears

Or if the only tools he uses are for cooking sausages on an open fire…

Landmann 0204 Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set (3 Pieces)

With a book to help him relax…

RHS How to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening

Or a Kindle, to make him feel young…

Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Black

Jan12

A Topiary Calendar – When To Prune

Below are a few pointers on when you need to think about your topiary and hedges this year, so you can make sure you clip at the best time and not waste any effort doing work you don’t need to do… January & February Roses, fruit trees and wisteria is where the focus lies. Yes, it is cold and the work can be unpleasant because you are often stood on a ladder with your secateurs, barely moving enough to warm the body, but get these jobs done well, with care, and you can enjoy the fruits and flowers of your …

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Jan11

The English Garden Magazine – On Our Topiary Workshop

Last September when I and topiary artist (and mentor) Charlotte Molesworth ran a weekend of topiary masterclasses we had a visit from the garden writer Non Morris. You can read more about Non and her garden design work and writings here. She has written a lovely article for the February 2022 edition of The English Garden Magazine about her afternoon working with us and learning about topiary – I’m really thrilled by the piece, because she mentions not just a little of the wonderful history of Balmoral Cottage and how the garden grew, but also shares a little of how …

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Nov17

Topiary Provocation Autumn 2021

This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies?