THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar18

Oneness – Learning To Live With Other People

This short, 4 minute film is about Yui and Takaharu Tezuka – a Japanese family who live in one room.

Well worth a watch!

Not only does it suggest that this type of communal living prepares you better for living with other people, learning to get along, but it showcases some fun ideas for how to make create separate areas within a room

We also love how they have captured the light – the main window looks North, so they have ‘stepped’ the roof down on the South side and placed windows there, which allows in more light and more heat, while focussing incredibly long shafts of strong sunlight into the room…

 

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

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 …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

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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 …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

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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