THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Modern Mint has now been blogging for six months, give or take a week.
What then have been the most read blogs so far? These below… the top post also being the most fun to write…
An Interview with Rosybee – nurserywoman and beekeeper shares her research on the most bee valuable plants.
Golden Rules of Planting – Val Bourne shares her wisdom.
The Next Second Best!
Chelsea Fringe – this post from the second week of our Chelsea Fringe project, as the peony from Italy began to open.
Thank you for coming to read, and we hope the next six months will be just as interesting as we share our thoughts on garden ideas and latest trends!
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