THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May31

Further Reading For ‘Capture Carbon In Your Garden’

Capture Carbon In Your Garden is the title of our 2017 Chelsea Fringe project.

To help you find all the information you need about it, check out these links below:

Capture Carbon In Your Garden – explaining the project.

5 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Capture Carbon In Your Garden – the infographic!

Ditch The Power Tools – a favourite blog post!

Who Has Inspired Our Project?

My Country Is Carbon Negative

Use Less Fossil Fuels

Dalefoot Composts – Peat Free compost on the TV.

Have You Tried A Cycling Gardener?

50 Shades of Sustainability 

Buy Once, Buy Well

One Tree Planted, For Every Purchase In June – THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Update: Plant A Tree In The Modern Mint Grove – 152 & Counting!

There you have it then, our handy pillar post to guide you on making your garden a carbon sink.

Good luck!

For my topiary work, see here…

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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