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!

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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