THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul23

Partners

We work with a number of other businesses that can help provide us with the items you want. We are a resource for gardening, after all…

For plants we we work with Jersey Plants Direct – they also offer free delivery on plants and we like that.

Cut flower queries allow us to send you to the Queen of the home grown flower growers art, Sarah Raven. Use this resource she provides!

For gardening books where better is there to go than Amazon. For a more specific pointer, we have a bookshop.

For the computer we use we have partnered to work with Panda Security UK because you need anti-virus software to protect what you create.

For garden products we work with Garden Trading, Harrod Horticultural and Agriframes (who do frames for the garden, of course…)

Anything to do with ponds go to Pondkeeper.

Mowers and lawn care products can be found here at Rolawn, Lawn Mowers UK and Mow Direct.

For ecologically considered products we use Natural Collection. Please change how you shop and use them to.

You have to eat well – gardening burns a lot of calories – so do buy your food from Donald Russell and Pong Cheese. Yum!

Love Lula? We do, as they offer something unusual – vegan products. Our vegan friends need caring for to…

Home and office need a design spruce up? Try the fabulous Royal Design.

When you’re tired from a long day in the garden, we offer you a cup of tea… and a piece of chocolate!

And finally we partner with LED Hut for lighting…

Do make the most of these companies and use what they are offering!

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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