THE MODERN MINT BLOG
We were told a wonderful piece of advice this week, from a man who grows a lot of euphorbia.
Euphorbia oozes a milky sap when the stems are cut or broken, and this can cause a lot of irritation to your skin if it drips onto you.
So this lovely gentleman told us to do the following:
Immediately after you cut a euphorbia, make another cut underneath. This will stop the flow of sap and prevent any harm or potential harm coming to your skin.
How good is this advice? Perfect, we would say, for growers and cut flower arrangers.
I am running a topiary workshop in 2020 with the wonderful topiary artist Charlotte Molesworth at her spectacular topiary garden in Kent. This is a topiary workshop where you will learn to clip, so be prepared to do some cutting. We start with a tour of the garden, which Charlotte and her husband Donald have been cultivating for 34 years. It is organic, full of wildlife and has the most extraordinary pruned shapes made from yew and boxwood. You can see more photos of the garden in an article in the Guardian here: Topiary Garden In Kent What Else Will …
On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …