THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Gardening teaches you to have the confidence to fail.
The cyclical nature of the four seasons forces you to be this way. One year goes badly, but no matter, next year you come back and try again.
It is a valuable lesson to learn for so many areas of life – how to make money, how to enjoy relationships, how to be better at your job – start it, don’t judge or demean your efforts halfway through, reflect at the end how it has gone… then get ready to start again.
The confidence to fail, again and again and again. An attitude worth cultivating as well as you cultivate your veg patch.
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 …
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 …
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