THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Feb20

The Vegetable Orchestra!

We want to share with you this incredible edible orchestra!

 

Just take a look at 1 minute 38 seconds in, at the cucumber and red pepper trumpet!

Based in Vienna, they use both fresh and dried fruit and vegetables to create their instruments, peeling and honing each one ‘fresh’ for every concert.

At the end of the concert, vegetables are made into soup that is then shared with the audience.

Who would have thought a carrot marimba, a radish flute or a leek violin could sound so good?

Though we really aren’t sure what they do with the cabbage….

… actually, we might go into the kitchen now and find out…


Okay, the cabbage was a disappointment. But the cauliflower sounded great!

Attempts at a #vegetable #orchestra Needs more rhythm.

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What have you got in your kitchen that will make you a musical star?

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

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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