THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Lovely to see one of our favourite companies trending on the BBC today…. Hiut Denim Jeans.
Not only do they make brilliant jeans, but they have been a massive inspiration to us.
Their philosophy, to make the best jeans they can, not the most jeans they can, reminds us all the time that at Modern Mint, it is okay not to sell the same tools and products as the garden centres.
Because we don’t like those tools. We like these tools….
These tools are the ones that will last you, that are sharp and strong yet light, and will be something you love to use every single day in the garden.
The best tools, not the most popular tools.
Having coveted a pair of Hiut Denim jeans for awhile, we finally ordered one pair at the start of the year.
We waited while they were made.
Since they have arrived, back in March, we have worn them pretty much every single day. We did not wash them, as is the way of raw denim, for 9 months.
This is what they looked like after 9 months without water, each and every crease made by my frame and movements…
They looked ready for a wash, didn’t they?
But the benefits of the No Wash Club are strong, particularly that you will have a pair of jeans that are unique to you.
When I did wash them, in lukewarm water in the bathtub, turned inside out so that the true indigo only lightly bled…. they looked like this…
Really loved where they have faded. Where they are creased. It is like looking at my copper tools after so much use….
So there you have it. A Welsh company making jeans is an inspiration for Modern Mint. Because they want to sell you something excellent, that will do you a great job. And last you a long time.
Sounds very much like the lovely items we have here on our shop!
Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …
Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …
Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022