THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun07

Wealden Fair

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This week, from Thursday to Saturday, you will be able to find Modern Mint at the Wealden Summer Fair!

It is a really fantastic show, with a hand-picked variety of stalls that will mean you have a great chance of finding something amazing for your home (and garden) as well as gifts for people in your life.

We get a lot of our shopping done there!

Modern Mint will be taking our latest product, an eco-friendly gardening hat that is guaranteed to keep off the sun and rain!

See more of our new eco-friendly gardening hat.

The Wealden Summer Fair is one from 9am-4.30pm each day and will be held at Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden.

Sat nav postcode is TN17 4JA.

We will be back at Wealden in November too, for the winter fair – but hope to see you this week while the sun is shining!

 

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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