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

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. …

READ MORE

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.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

READ MORE