THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun23

Most Popular Posts (from our first 6 months)

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…

Top Post!

An Interview with Rosybee – nurserywoman and beekeeper shares her research on the most bee valuable plants.

Second Best!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.