THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan04

Sale Now On at Modern Mint!

That’s right, it is now time for a little sale…..

Up to 50% off selected items!

When we get to the last few items in a particular range, it makes it very hard to present them to people at the fairs and markets we visit. When you have a stack of hand made skipping ropes or amazing Japanese secateurs, it makes a statement. People notice it and want to touch these products.

Using the shears to clip the brushes into line….

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But when it gets to the last few? Everything looks bitty.

Handmade Products

We also curate and sell many products that are handmade. This means that when we run out, that is it. They may come back when the material (and craftsmanship) is available again. Or they may not. Sometimes the last few really can mean the end of a product line.

So we put them on sale to make sure they go out to you, rather than sitting forlornly in a stock room. These items are just too much fun and too beautiful and too damn useful not to be used.

Please enjoy yourselves by having a browse through our sale items, the ingenuous last few….

Browse Sale Now!

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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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

kites and strings podcast

Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …

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Apr27

Robinia – Pruning A Beautiful Tree For Small Gardens

topiary Robinia

Robinia is often forgotten – by me, actually! – when thinking of plants for topiary. But when I work on it I do love it, brittle and soft as the wood is if you climb into it. But that danger of snapping a branch with a heavy step and falling out of the tree aside, I love it for the dappled light it allows into the garden space. Robinia Near The Sea Below is a Robinia I have gently clipped over the last few years, down near Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The tree was large when I arrived, although it is …

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