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

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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