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?

 

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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