THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug11

Tree Surgery, Essex

Alongside garden design Modern Mint also offer tree surgery as a service to our clients. This is a Eucalyptus we removed in a garden near Gidea Park. The client gave us a brilliant testimonial, which you can see in full if you follow the link to our page on the Best of Chelmsford on the website footer.

But here is a snippet of what they said about us…

“The work was done to a high standard and the area left in a very clean state.

I liked the fact that I was able to arrange a free consultation during which I was given several options of what could be done. I felt confident in the advice I was given and it was clear they had a good knowledge of the subject. I also like the fact that during the whole process I always received a response to any queries or concerns I had about the work.

I would recommend Modern Mint and would definitely use them again for any future gardening works big or small.”

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If you have a query about your garden, please do contact us for advice or a quote. We are happy to help you!

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Tree Work

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Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

kites and strings podcast

Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …

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Apr27

Robinia – Pruning A Beautiful Tree For Small Gardens

topiary Robinia

Robinia is often forgotten – by me, actually! – when thinking of plants for topiary. But when I work on it I do love it, brittle and soft as the wood is if you climb into it. But that danger of snapping a branch with a heavy step and falling out of the tree aside, I love it for the dappled light it allows into the garden space. Robinia Near The Sea Below is a Robinia I have gently clipped over the last few years, down near Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The tree was large when I arrived, although it is …

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