THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug21

Who Can Help With My Garden?

This is an odd question, but we get the impression it is one a lot of people ask. They must do, judging by the enormous amount of media coverage gardening gets – the books, the tv series, the radio programmes, the magazines, the blogs, the designers, the available courses and the websites…

We are pleased about this. We love being out in the garden, for the health benefits as much as the testing of our ideas and understanding of the world – does this plant go with that one? Why does a robin sit on the fence watching us? Has the lack of sunshine over the last ten days been the cause of my beans not producing the great harvest they could…? Who were the first people to realise you could eat the flowers of a daylilly, or is it just us who forgot what we knew?

Gardening gives us a wonderful excuse and physical rhythm to ask questions of the world, so it is encouraging to see so many people want to garden. But we think there is a lack of confidence in how to do it, culturally, as if we are afraid to get something wrong.

Hear this keen gardeners – in the garden, every year, you will always get something wrong. (If not 100 things…)

The key to gardening is to get out there and do it. To be outside, to engage, to try. It is the reason we started Modern Mint – we wanted a vehicle that could help people answer the question ‘what do I do with my garden?’ We wanted to be the people who could say – we will help!

That is still the same now we have added the shop. We don’t stand on our market stall surrounded by these fantastic products that are well made, or hand crafted, or beautifully designed, and ignore people who come to look. We tell them why the seedballs will help bees, the copper tools are an aid to stop the slugs and the fertilisers are organic for your health as much as the plants.

It is a system that allows us to spread the message that gardening is good for you, that the world outside of your door is one you should be interested in. As we said above, most people are interested in it – and we hope beyond hope they look at Modern Mint and know they will get great advice from us.

We currently have two new garden design jobs just beginning, but here is a photo from a design we worked on last year… it took awhile to settle, but now it really is taking root…

Garden Design Upminster

 

The red is helenium, an amazing plant for bees because it replenishes its nectar source by the afternoon – so bees can come back and fill up again after the morning hunt.

Just a little tip their from Modern Mint, who CAN help with your garden…

 

 

 

 

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.