THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May18

Wendell Berry On The Importance Of Our Soils

A fantastic programme on the BBC with Wendell Berry.

Listen now to this excellent programme: Wendell Berry, The Natural World

He discusses the importance of our soils, reads an incredibly depressing poem, asks that we create good work by taking responsibility for doing a ‘specific something’, and explains how, “we are living in an economy that doesn’t value nature whatsoever….”

Which ties us in nicely with this report on the BBC today, about the worst offending products on the market for being non-recyclable.

The ridiculous notion suggested in the report that we can place a projector in our fridges, to project an image of a brand of food onto the plain, environmentally friendlier packaging, makes us so mad. We love the Modern Mint branding, 3 simple circles, but there is no way we would want it projected onto a packet.

It is either there, or it isn’t. Who cares either way? The important part of your ‘brand’ is whether you turn up, have values that you uphold, be nice to people and keep promises.

The logo is nothing compared to what you do.

(Mini rant over.)

For more about how important our soils are, and how your garden can become a carbon sink, see this project for the Chelsea Fringe 2017.

Jan12

A Topiary Calendar – When To Prune

Below are a few pointers on when you need to think about your topiary and hedges this year, so you can make sure you clip at the best time and not waste any effort doing work you don’t need to do… January & February Roses, fruit trees and wisteria is where the focus lies. Yes, it is cold and the work can be unpleasant because you are often stood on a ladder with your secateurs, barely moving enough to warm the body, but get these jobs done well, with care, and you can enjoy the fruits and flowers of your …

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Jan11

The English Garden Magazine – On Our Topiary Workshop

Last September when I and topiary artist (and mentor) Charlotte Molesworth ran a weekend of topiary masterclasses we had a visit from the garden writer Non Morris. You can read more about Non and her garden design work and writings here. She has written a lovely article for the February 2022 edition of The English Garden Magazine about her afternoon working with us and learning about topiary – I’m really thrilled by the piece, because she mentions not just a little of the wonderful history of Balmoral Cottage and how the garden grew, but also shares a little of how …

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Nov17

Topiary Provocation Autumn 2021

This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies?