THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan07

The Whispered Launch

The problem with whispering is not that you won’t be heard. The problem is what the listener might hear.

If you have heard about Modern Mint – that we are a design and landscape company working in Essex and London – then you have heard right.

If you have heard we learnt our trade working on large estates in Hampshire and Berkshire, before closing down and moving to live in East Anglia, bringing our brand of vibrant, modern gardens with us… then you have heard right again.

But if you heard we make gardens that are lacklustre, boring and hard to maintain…you’ve been misled. The listener misheard the whisper.

This is our whispered launch then… Modern Mint has arrived in East Anglia, and we want to make great gardens.

Did you hear that right?

 

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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