THE MODERN MINT BLOG
We spent last week working with Charlotte Molesworth in her garden, clipping and tidying some of the amazing topiary that needed a light prune.
Below are some of the of the photos, just taken on my phone and without filters…. what amazing shapes she has created in her garden over the last 30 plus years!
Absolutely love the holly and boxwood hedge in the next photo…. how beautifully does this clip?
This next one is something of an experiment, turning a mass of boxwood into something interesting….
This too is the same – a hedge that had rust, being opened out and turned into a single specimen. Air circulation is important for the health of boxwood topiary!
Finally, a short video….
If you want to see more of Charlotte’s garden, please do note it will be open for the NGS scheme in Kent later in spring, so keep an eye out.
If you think – I love this topiary and want some in my garden! – get in touch so Charlotte and I can help you make that happen.
To see the tools we use for clipping, check the Modern Mint pruning tools page. Thanks!
Lovely to see the RHS have a small article in the latest Garden Magazine telling people about reducing their gardening carbon footprint. We were banging on about this ages ago…. we even did a whole project about it for the Chelsea Fringe 2017…. Capture Carbon In Your Garden. The RHS notes: Plant anything green to capture carbon Mulch soils and avoid digging to make sure carbon stays in the soil Don’t use labour and carbon intensive nitrogen-based fertilisers – instead use natural alternatives like seaweed, comfrey (yes, it is stinky!) or mulching with well-rotted horse manure or homemade garden compost…. which …
Just a quick note to share these choices of roses for their hips, from the RHS magazine. The rose choices were… Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’ – yes, lovely. choice Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ (not sure who has the space to grow this one!) Rosa ‘Francis E Lester’ Rosa ‘Generous Gardener’ (though the article noted if you leave the hips on you will get fewer flowers later in the season) Rosa ‘Morning Mist’ Rosa ‘Cupid’ Rosa sericea subspecies omeiensis f. pteracantha (not just a mouthful of a name, but the hips drop off quickly too, within a few weeks) Rosa ‘Geranium’ Rosa californica …
We are, as those keen followers of Modern Mint will know, a little bit excited about British gin. One of our longest and best blog posts is all about it – Best UK Gin 2017. To help you choose a great gin, we have (unselfishly) been trying lots of new ones during the year. Here is one, Botanist Gin, that we think is excellent…. Do take a closer look at other recommendations though – they have been well-tested!