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Landscape Magazine August 2020

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LandScape magazine is a breath of fresh air, capturing the very best of every season. Every two months, join us to: - Celebrate the joy of the garden - Learn simple seasonal recipes - Enjoy traditional British crafts - Wonder at the beauty of nature and the countryside The magazine is a haven from the pressures of modern living; a chance to slow down... and most importantly, a reminder of the good things in life. Take time to appreciate everything that nature creates and inspires.

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1 min.
dear reader...

ON A STILL August day, I decide to visit my local pick-your-own farm. I am looking forward to an afternoon enjoying the simple pleasure of collecting fruit watered by heavy clouds and ripened by long, warm summer days. A little wooden sign on the gatepost lists what is in season. Strawberries have finished, but redcurrants, blackcurrants and raspberries are carefully listed in chalk, together with my favourite: plums. I follow a worn path towards the orchard. Along one side, a hedge of Rosa rugosa is covered with large red hips, the size of cherry tomatoes. They hang like glowing red lanterns: even these are available for picking. I soon reach the plum trees. Damsons are not ready yet, so I walk towards the rows of Victoria and the charmingly named Blue tit. Wasps…

4 min.
readers’ letters

Bunnies go the extra mile When the April edition of my lovely LandScape magazine arrived, I decided to make some bobtail bunnies for an Easter decoration. I cut a few bare twigs from the hedge, made the bunnies out of card and stuck some appropriate spring flower photographs on the back. The bunnies will be used as gift tags later and the twigs as supports for my dwarf beans, before hitting the compost bin. So as well as giving me a lot of pleasure during these difficult times, they can all be reused. Many thanks. Essie Harry, Carmarthenshire Borders evoke memories of visit While in the Netherlands last year, we were passing through the airport on the way home. My wife had a few euros left and bought a packet of 50 tulip bulbs.…

3 min.
our landscape

TREASURES CARRIED ON THE TIDE For centuries, pebbles have been plucked from the shore for their inherent beauty, unique formation or for their associations with fond memories of balmy days at the seaside. Author Christopher Stocks unearths the attraction behind pebbles and delves into the influence that artists, novelists and archaeologists have had on how they are perceived today. The words are accompanied by stylish illustrations from printmaker Angie Lewin. The Book of Pebbles £6.99, www.thamesandhudson.com NATURE’S POINTER TO A NEW SEASON August is the prime time for bird moult. Moulting is the process of shedding worn-out feathers and growing new, stronger ones for winter. This is a gradual change over a long period of time and takes a significant amount of energy, so usually occurs after the breeding season and before migration. Many…

10 min.
splashes of colour in a sunlit garden

SANDBANKS, POOLE IN Dorset is one of the mildest places in the country. In the warmth of a sunny August afternoon, this small peninsula is filled with visitors, and cars queue for the ferry. The bars and cafés, and the beautiful sandy beach lend it an air of the Riviera. This little stretch of the south coast is a safe haven for many plants from warmer climes: the Mediterranean, South Africa, Mexico and South America. There is only a very rare frost, and even the maritime winds, though strong, are warm. This seems an idyllic place to live, and many would agree. Indeed, expensive designer homes are very much a feature of Sandbanks, many of their owners opting for low-maintenance gardens, with gravel borders, few flowers and even artificial turf. All the…

1 min.
pam’s recommended plants for sunny spots

• Salvia ‘Amistad’: This has a rich, deep purple colour, and it lasts all summer. “It’s good value and looks fabulous against orange and red crocosmia,” says Pam. In autumn, she digs up half and puts it under a cloche, and takes cuttings of the remainder. Often, the cloche plant is already leafing and budding in spring. Height to 5ft (1.5m); spread to 20in (51cm). • Echinacea ‘Sombrero Salsa Red’: The flowers are a beautiful deep red and introduce rich colour to the garden. Height 39in (1m); spread to 20in (51cm). • Cosmos ‘Sensation Mixed’: “Although you can’t control the colour of the flowers from seed, there are a mixture in bright and pale pink, and white, and they flower from July to late October,” says Pam. Height 4ft (1.2m); spread 24in…

1 min.
welcoming nature into the garden

“The first and most important thing a gardener can do to encourage wildlife is to dig a pond,” says Pam. “It will attract frogs, dragonflies and a host of minibeasties. But don’t introduce any fish: they eat almost everything.” Pam deliberately chooses plants that flower at different times of the year. “Then there’s always pollen and nectar available for the bees,” she says. “I encourage ivy to flower in autumn, when little else is in bloom, and the berries are loved by birds in winter. I also don’t like to be too tidy. Fallen leaves, dead wood and brambles remain, and I leave seedheads up for the birds and insects until the weather takes them.” But Pam does make rotting stumps look more attractive with ferns, and she uses architectural…