THE MODERN MINT BLOG
The Secret Garden Salisbury is run by the lovely Rebecca Twigg.
This wildlife sanctuary was set up as an oasis in the old city’s churchyard, as a place for people to connect with nature in a previously unnoticed space.
For more information and to plan your visit, take a look at the Secret Garden Salisbury website.
But why are we writing about them here at Modern Mint? Well, on the first day of Salisbury Christmas Market, Rebecca visited our chalet and spoke with Chloe.
She shared the interesting work she does at the garden with us, which just sounds amazing, and then took a look through the products and ideas we share at Modern Mint. Later that night, we saw what she wrote about us (unbeknownst) on Facebook – the most glowing review you can imagine of Modern Mint….
Here is one of the photos she took:
If you want to read the review, just click here – Secret Garden Salisbury review of Modern Mint.
Thank you Rebecca, for the perfect start to our Christmas season in Salisbury! Good luck with the garden for 2017!
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 …
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 …
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 …