THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Apr10

The Cows Are Coming!

Who would have thoughts cows can skip? Here is a video of the cows at Riverford Farm being let out of the barn… beautiful to see their excitement as they head out into the fields!

While on the subject of cows and milk… last weekend the staff at Modern Mint learnt to make halloumi. It is easy and quick to do, and tastes delicious… we’re drooling thinking about it now!

For those self-sufficiency hunters out there, the ‘Gentle Art of Cheesemaking’ is another skill to add to your repertoire. For more information and a fun lesson to teach you the basics, courses can be booked with Louise Talbot at Cutting the Curd.

If you want to know what great cheese tastes like, visit Pong! An online cheese retailer…

Or get these books to try it out yourself!

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!

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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

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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