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.

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

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 …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

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 …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

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