THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun24

Wild Flower Patch – Southend-on-Sea

Southend's Wildflowers
Southend’s Wildflowers

This picture was taken by Simon from South East Essex Organic Gardeners… he said, “(if you) haven’t seen it, there is a pocket place of wild flower patch running riot around the back of the (old) Public Library car park in Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. Take a look – it makes my day (every day)!”

Poppies, Southend
Poppies, Southend

It would warm our heart to see this everyday – and don’t forget, you can have it too, if you take up a place on our Ten Meadows project.

Or if you’d like to do your own research on meadows, we recommend you check out this book from Amazon…

Happy meadow making!

Nov28

Talks Information 2020, Darren At Modern Mint

In 2020 I will be offering 5 talks – so if you are a Garden Club, Horticultural Society, WI, Probus group or club of some kind who needs a speaker, click on the link below to learn more! Talks Information 2020 Darren Lerigo, Modern Mint There is an FAQ’s section included in the download, but if you have another question that needs answering then please do get in touch with me and ask it. I’m happy to help!

Nov13

Learn To Clip Topiary Workshop 2020

topiary artists

I am running a topiary workshop in 2020 with the wonderful topiary artist Charlotte Molesworth at her spectacular topiary garden in Kent. This is a topiary workshop where you will learn to clip, so be prepared to do some cutting. We start with a tour of the garden, which Charlotte and her husband Donald have been cultivating for 34 years. It is organic, full of wildlife and has the most extraordinary pruned shapes made from yew and boxwood. You can see more photos of the garden in an article in the Guardian here: Topiary Garden In Kent What Else Will …

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Oct09

Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Talk Notes

On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …

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