THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov21

Niwaki, Book By Jake Hobson

Niwaki, the book on pruning by the brilliant Jake Hobson, is now available second hand from Modern Mint.

Niwaki book

 

We have 2 copies here and it has been our bible for years (alongside the brilliant mentorship of Charlotte Molesworth) helping us clip and shear and chop most of the days of summer, for the last far too many years.

It gives great background information on where the word ‘Niwaki’ comes from, then takes you through the different techniques for pruning different trees. The subtlety needed for pine pruning and the incredibly tough pruning you might want to try on an acer, for the most vibrant of autumn colour.

Amazon are selling copies for £13.83 used.

We are selling our second hand copy here for £7.50. That way, you get the information you need at a great price, and can happily give the book away or sell it on and get your money back when you are done with it. The spreading of information, just what the internet was about, right?!!?

Buy Niwaki here.

Jan12

A Topiary Calendar – When To Prune

When do you prune? Below are a few pointers on when you need to think about your topiary and hedges this year, so you can make sure you clip at the best time and not waste any effort doing work you don’t need to do… January & February Roses, fruit trees and wisteria is where the focus lies. Yes, it is cold and the work can be unpleasant because you are often stood on a ladder with your secateurs, barely moving enough to warm the body, but get these jobs done well, with care, and you can enjoy the fruits …

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Jan11

The English Garden Magazine – On Our Topiary Workshop

Last September when I and topiary artist (and mentor) Charlotte Molesworth ran a weekend of topiary masterclasses we had a visit from the garden writer Non Morris. You can read more about Non and her garden design work and writings here. She has written a lovely article for the February 2022 edition of The English Garden Magazine about her afternoon working with us and learning about topiary – I’m really thrilled by the piece, because she mentions not just a little of the wonderful history of Balmoral Cottage and how the garden grew, but also shares a little of how …

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Nov17

Topiary Provocation Autumn 2021

This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies? I did a similar meet-up with garden designers in spring 2021. Here is where you can read the Topiary Provocation Spring …

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