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

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.