THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Do any of you read Permaculture Magazine? We have just found out about it and are very excited to see they not only sell lovely copper tools, but also have a fantastic website. On it you can:
Sign up to Permaculture courses.
Hear podcasts and watch videos about how people are changing the way they live to be more resilient and self-sustaining.
Find recipes for making use of plants and weeds you may not think about eating.
Get solutions for your own permaculture experiments.
(Oh, and you can of course buy the magazine….)
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is the design of an ecologically sound way of living.”
We thought this quote was beautiful and really inspires us to think about how we garden, work and live.
We hope you will take heart from this phrase and begin to question, then seek answers, for a way of life that suits both yourself and the world around you.
If you want to know more about gardening organically, try this blog: Manifesto for the Modern Gardener.
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 …
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 …
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