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Landscape Magazine September 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...

MAKING THINGS HAS always been a pastime close to my heart. Over the years, I have enjoyed knitting, sewing, crochet and even batik and lino printing, but there are still so many other absorbing crafts to explore, I cannot stick to just one. A friend, who knows well my passion for creation, has given me a needle-felting kit as a birthday gift. Taking everything out, I find it difficult to imagine how this handful of inky fibres will become the little bird pictured on the box; particularly with what resembles a small skewer as the only tool to help me make it. Studiously following the meticulous instructions, I bind, twist and prod the wool into shape. This is not without pain, and trying to fashion the loose coils into a solid, recognisable…

1 min.
star letter

Escape into a world of craft I just wanted to share some of the garden ‘people’ my daughter has been making in her summer house. As this photo shows, she has made fishermen, golfers, artists, flower girls, vicars and so on. She also makes wind chimes and candle holders; once again, all out of scrap wood. All her people are made from driftwood and offcuts, which otherwise would have been thrown away. I am especially proud of her achievements as she has rheumatoid arthritis, but rarely complains. She has made the area outside her summer house into a mini nature reserve, and when her pain is too much for her to work on her designs, she spends time just watching the birds and squirrels up to their antics outside her windows,…

4 min.
readers’ letters

An artistic talent reawakened I live in Inverness, while my parents live in Kent, so we have not seen each other in a while, but we share a love of the magazine and stories of nature we come across at opposite ends of the country. The lockdown has the one benefit of spending time sitting in the garden without feeling the need to be doing something else, and my mum, Linda, is rediscovering her love of art. This kingfisher is the first of many I look forward to receiving and far better than anything I could hope to produce. Jennie Ray, Inverness-shire Transformation from unwanted tubes In the May issue of LandScape, it mentioned squeezing all the contents out of tomato tubes. Well, for some years, I have used the empty tubes to make…

3 min.
our landscape

DROPLETS OF CRIMSON Dense bulbous heads of tiny maroon flowers pop up like confectionary among tall grasses in floodplain meadows or along the edges of rivers and lakes, suspended on slender, branched stems. A clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial, great burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis, appears from June to September; commonly found in the Midlands and northern England, but also in South Wales, weaving through other perennials in a heady mass. A member of the rose family, the plant can survive for decades due to its extensive root system. The Latin name ‘sanguis’, meaning ‘blood’, and ‘sorba’, meaning ‘absorb’, alludes to its medicinal use; the flower heads originally thought to staunch bleeding. In Cumbria, the heads were traditionally used to make burnet wine. CAPTURED IN COPPER The delicate venation on the fronds of a fern has been…

11 min.
reflections in a glowing garden

IN SEPTEMBER, THE fields around Llanover House, just south of Abergavenny in the Usk Valley, are busy with Black Welsh Mountain sheep feasting on lush grass in preparation for the breeding season. To the north-west, the distinctive shapes of the Sugar Loaf and the Blorenge rise from the Black Mountains, while in the west, the oak- and beech-clad slopes of the Brecon Beacons begin to glow in shades of russet and gold. Elizabeth Murray is the seventh generation of her family to look after the 15-acre garden at Llanover, set within an estate of farmland and forest. “We work hard to keep the garden open to its surroundings,” she says. “With so many trees, we have to be careful with spacing, so it doesn’t feel closed in. My husband, Ross, has…

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elizabeth’s favourite autumn plants

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’: This large, pyramidal sweet gum tree has big, star-shaped, deeply lobed leaves that turn dark yellow, orange, crimson and finally deep red as autumn progresses. Height 39ft (12m) or more; spread 26ft (8m), over 10-20 years. Paperbark maple, Acer griseum: Everything about this tree sings out autumn colour, from the deep auburn-coloured bark, which catches the light as it peels away from the trunk, to the leaves which resemble the embers of a burning fire. Height to 39ft (12m) maximum; spread to 26ft (8m), over 30-50 years. Golden larch, Pseudolarix amabilis: A conical, slow-growing deciduous conifer, with long, needle-like leaves that glow a rich golden yellow in the autumn light. Height to 39ft (12m) maximum; spread to 26ft (8m), over 20-50 years. Flowering dogwood, cornus ‘Norman Hadden’: A large,…