THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Sep12

Where Are Modern Mint?

Torino Modern Mint

Where are Modern Mint?

If you look at the photo above, you would think we are in sunny Torino at the Parco del Valentino.

Or what about the photo below? It look like Modern Mint are in the Mediterranean…

Modern Mint Mediterranean

 

Or not so sunny Scotland!

Modern Mint Scotland

 

Modern Mint in the Herb Garden…

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And back to the Mediterranean. But this time with a littles sun…

Modern Mint Torino

 

Of course, we are actually based in Essex, UK. But you can find us in quite a few different places up to Christmas….

Kent

Hampshire

Salisbury

Wiltshire

Berkshire

Essex

Suffolk

Just to name a few.

For full details of where to find Modern Mint, check out our Diary Page.

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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