THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul21

Making & Maintaining Topiary – Help From Modern Mint

Topiary Service

Modern Mint offers a topiary service.

This means you contact us asking for a helping hand. It can be a shrub, hedge or small tree.

Topiary Make

Darren (that’s me) will then visit you and work out how to make it look great.

Architectural.

Lighter.

A thing of beauty.

 

Topiary Maintain

Topiary hedge maintenance

Topiary

Organic Topiary

Formal Topiary? Or Organic?

There are a few different styles of topiary, and as with any art each ‘pruner’ will bring their own imagination to bear on the piece they make.

Two of the most distinct schools are the formal and the organic.

Organic topiary is where you allow the plant to tell you how it needs to be pruned. You follow its strengths and outlines.

You dance a fine line between what you want it to be and what the plant itself is telling you it could become.

Formal topiary is more the crenellations, the chamfers, the tiers and plinths you see in the gardens of old houses.

Everything is straight, the plant is trained with string if necessary and the pieces are normally large and crisply maintained.

Charlotte Molesworth is the lead practitioner of this in the UK.

I learn a lot from her each time we work together in her own garden.

Charlotte Molesworth

 

If you want to see more, we often post the latest pieces we have made on Instagram.

Help You Make Or Maintain Your Topiary?

First of all you need to choose the right plant. Don’t prune one that won’t grow back!

Secondly, using the right tools is every bit as important. We love, and only use, sharp and shiny Japanese made shears.

Thirdly, take your time. The care you take pruning your plant will show in how good it looks when you are finished.

If you don’t want to clip yourself, or would prefer some guidance the first time, then you can always ask us about it.

I love helping people with their topiary and am happy to answer any questions you might have, so do get in touch now.

Happy clipping!

Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips for bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …

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Apr20

Thoughts On Modern Mint, April 2018

Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …

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Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

Helping the honeybee

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …

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