THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov14

Roses for Hips

Just a quick note to share these choices of roses for their hips, from the RHS magazine. The rose choices were…

Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’ – yes, lovely. choice

Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ (not sure who has the space to grow this one!)

Rosa ‘Francis E Lester’

Rosa ‘Generous Gardener’ (though the article noted if you leave the hips on you will get fewer flowers later in the season)

Rosa ‘Morning Mist’

Rosa ‘Cupid’

Rosa sericea subspecies omeiensis f. pteracantha (not just a mouthful of a name, but the hips drop off quickly too, within a few weeks)

Rosa ‘Geranium’

Rosa californica

Rosa rubiginosa (sweet briar! Crush those leaves for the scent!)

Rosa virginiana

Rosa ‘Shropshire Lass’

Many of these roses are species roses, because they have a need to set seed, in order to live on and prosper!

Uses of Rosehips

Loved this part of the article, as we have a special interest in skincare and the use of plants for helping the body stay healthy.

Hips were used for:

Itching powder

An excellent source of Vitamin C

The pulp for jams and juices

As a tea – recommended to alleviate headaches, cramps, dizziness and osteoarthritis.

It is also said to improve your mood, your energy levels and the quality of your sleep.

Those hips don’t lie, huh?


For more on roses, take a look at a blog about our visit to David Austin Roses.

 

Jun14

The Telegraph Wrote About My Topiary Work Yesterday

If you have a subscription, you can check out an article about bespoke ideas for your garden in the Telegraph. There are some great crafts people there, so check it out. Click Here To See The Article About my Topiary Work In The Telegraph

Jun06

Lockdown Thinking, Changes A-Coming…

Topiary Modern Mint

Lockdown has given me a chance to look through old notebooks and begin, gently, to piece together some sort of narrative about Modern Mint and how it has grown over the last six years. And it has changed massively in that time! Modern Mint Now, June Lockdown 2020 I currently make and maintain topiary all over the UK for clients who love well-pruned hedges and sculptures. I love this job – it is a beautiful art. In the winter I prune wisteria, roses and fruit trees in orchards. Much colder, shorter work days… but equally satisfying work. I give talks …

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Jun06

The Garden In Motion

During lockdown I went through a number of old notebooks. I found a note about Gilles Clement and The Garden In Motion – Le Jardin En Mouvement. Underneath my note I had written: “To be researched more! Something to definitely think over!” Now, five years later I have looked again… and am thrilled by this idea. The Garden In Motion is about taking a piece of unused land, and then as the gardener you make choices to do ‘as much as possible for the land and as little as possible against’ it. You are talking about limited input – watering, …

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