THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul14

Garden Jobs July

So many garden jobs in July. But the first garden job in July? Stop your weeding and mowing for a moment and SMELL THE ROSES!

(You’ve got to enjoy your garden too, no…?)

Madame Alfred Carriere
Madame Alfred Carriere

What other jobs are worth doing in the garden now July is here?

Start with pruning the fruit trees that have st0nes, like cherries and plums.

Remember to water your pots.

Remove suckers from lime trees and lightly prune any plants you are trying to pleach.

Deadhead and feed the roses.

Weedkill and feed the lawns. If you really must.

Take a look at any spring flowering shrubs and cut them back to shape now, right after they have finished flowering.

Deadhead in your herbaceous border – got Delphiniums? Well done! Impressed! Cut the spent flower now and enjoy a second, smaller flower soon…

Harvest in the fruit patch – strawberries, raspberries, cherries and gooseberries are amazing to eat now!

Start eating the broad beans…

To be fair… July is a great month for jobs in the garden…

For more detailed information, try one of these books from Amazon:

(And this one from Alan Titchmarsh, priced at £24, can be found for just 1p! Good if you are a beginner for all the advice you need about garden jobs for July…)

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.

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 …

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