THE MODERN MINT BLOG
So here we have a new programme – All Gardens Great And Small – with the comedienne Miranda Hart and her gardening mother, Dee Hart-Dyke.
You can watch the first episode here on More4.
And here we are with our tools out, soaking up the sunshine on the day of filming.
But why would you watch All Gardens Great And Small? Why especially this first episode?
Because you can see the wonderful work of our friend, topiary artist Charlotte Molesworth, and get a rare glimpse into her extraordinary topiary garden. She is the first garden visited by Miranda Hart’s mum, and it looks fabulous.
It should do, because we spent blooming ages through spring helping her clip and prune the hedges, trees and topiaries. We also helped weed through the exceptional flower borders that Charlotte and her husband Donald have been tending, caring for and cultivating over the last 33 years. (You even see Charlotte holding her preferred gardening trowel, which she got from us here at Modern Mint….)
It was incredibly fortunate that on the day of filming the sun shone bright, as it meant not only did Dee Hart-Dyke get a chance to really look around the garden but also had an opportunity to try out some pruning, with Charlotte teaching her how to make a topiary bird.
The boxwood plant used on the show was one Charlotte had grown herself, from a cutting she took years previously. Digging it out from her boxwood nursery was a job left to Modern Mint back in early spring…
Please do take a look at All Gardens Great And Small with Miranda Hart and her mum – it is, of course, an innuendo-laden programme – but they have done a great job seeking out some unusual places to visit and share with you.
And we are of course so proud to have been involved in making the first garden of the series such a visually arresting and fun one.
If you would like Charlotte Molesworth and Modern Mint to help you with some topiary, we travel all across the UK (and recently into mainland Europe!) to clip, cut,a dive and design.
Here is a design done for a client in Kent, of topiary ducks sat looking into a pond…
So do watch contact us to start a conversation about the topiary in your garden.
(Or buy yourself a pair of these shears, the ones used by Charlotte in the programme, and get started at home….)
We are fans of effective microbes, and use the in our topiary work. They help keep plants healthy, meaning the plants have more tools in their toolbox and energy in their lives to stave off any diseases. Here is a lovely article that tells you how to make your own microbes. Right at the end. Make Your Own Microbes
Boxwood is one of our absolute favourite plants. The evergreen leaf that shines in winter, the smell as you clip it, the brilliant shapes you can make from it… but it is suffering somewhat from two major problems: Box Blight Boxwood Caterpillar and Moth None of this is the be all and end all for boxwood, but it helps to be aware of it and know a little about what you can do should either of these problems arise. Boxwood Caterpillar & Moth I hadn’t seen this in a garden I worked on until this spring, when a client I …
Last weekend I visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, to take part in an orchard design course they were running. Beautiful place and a warm day, I recommend a visit. I came home with 3 bottles of cider. Drank them all. Then realised they were weighing in at 8%. I don’t recover that quickly (no longer being 20 years old) and so had something of a musty head the next morning. The power of apples I say! Below are some notes I made from the day. They may be of use to you, although really they are there for …