THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May03

Three British Nurseries You Should Get To Know

You may know that the first week of May is National Nurseries Week, a time to celebrate some of the best plant growers in the UK.

So to help you choose where to buy your plants, here are three nurseries you may never have heard about before…

King John’s Nursery, East Sussex

Primarily focused on herbaceous perennials, vegetable plugs too.

Wykeham Mature Plants, Yorkshire

Walled garden with over 100 acres of field grown trees and shrubs.

Todd’s Botanics, Essex

Specialists in drought tolerant herbaceous and architectural plants.

… get to know your local nurseries – you’ll get better advice, better service and better plants.

What more can you ask for?

Further Reading:

RHS Plant Finder 2014

British Gardens in Time: The Greatest Gardens and the People Who Shaped Them

… and for something related, but a bit different…

Tree Nurseries – Cultivating the Urban Jungle: Plant Production Worldwide

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.