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…

 

 

 

 

Mar15

Topiary Provocation For Garden Designers

snow topiary

I am running a ‘Topiary Provocation’ for garden designers, via Zoom, over the next few weeks. Dates are: Tuesday 23rd March, 10am Wednesday 24th March 7.30pm Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm The ‘provocation’ is for garden designers anywhere in the world, is free to join and will last about 45 minutes. Places are limited to 12 per session, as I want to make sure we can share ideas about topiary and how it can be used (and managed) in a modern garden – especially if skill level and maintenance time is low. I hope that I can provoke a discussion around …

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Mar15

Talk By The Team At Waltham Place

waltham place

A talk by the team at Waltham Place is being given on April 14th 2021, at 2.15pm. Tickets are free and it is via Zoom. Get Your Free Ticket I am hosting, the talk is set up by the European Boxwood & Topiary Society and it promises to be an extraordinary hour looking at one of my absolute favourite gardens of all time. (Designed by one of my favourite garden writer’s….) Brilliant topiary and a philosophy of gardening that puts wildlife first, I absolutely cannot wait for this talk… do join in and book your free ticket. Get A Waltham …

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Mar15

Alternatives To Boxwood For Hedges

organic topiary blob

Alternatives to boxwood are hard to come by – nothing has the small, easy to clip, reflective leaf of a boxwood shrub. But as we reach April and the boxwood caterpillar begins to wake up, hungry to defoliate our boxwood topiaries and hedges, you may wonder what plant you can use as a replacement in the garden should the worst happen – and the caterpillar destroys all! (For more information on the boxwood caterpillar, visit the European Boxwood & Topiary Society website. Their research and hard work has meant all is not lost in the fight to rid the UK …

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