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Landscape Magazine December 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...

HEARING THE FAMILIAR clatter of the letterbox does not ordinarily fill me with anticipation. More often than not, the resulting pile of post on the doormat comprises bills, leaflets and catalogues. But it is mid December, and there has, in recent days, been a slow crescendo of colourful envelopes posted through my door. I pick up a red one with a white panel on the front bordered in holly. The address is beautifully written in cursive script; its frame of foliage elevating it to a work of art. Another sports a colourful stamp; the kind that as a child I would, using the steam of the kettle, carefully peel off and save in a little scrapbook. The first card of the season is always from my cousin; a cheery greeting arriving days…

4 min.
readers’ letters

Giving back to nature I am a keen photographer who thoroughly enjoys taking photographs of scenic and picturesque places, and places enriched with history. I try to do as much walking as I can when I am not at work and love to visit as many new places as I can. I also write and illustrate children’s books, and I am very proud to say that I donate all the profits from the sales of my books to wildlife charities. I do this as a hobby in the hope of making others smile. Victoria Harwood, by email Wrapped up to help the planet I read with great interest the ‘Naturally Fresh’ article In the August issue on how to make beeswax wraps, so decided to have a go with some cotton that I have…

3 min.
our landscape

PERCHED ON A SPOOL Working from her Staffordshire studio, multi-media artist Jo Gardiner makes a range of needle-felted sculptures, including this characterful robin, with inky black glass eyes. Measuring 3-4in tall, it perches on a bobbin, holding a piece of thread in its polymer clay beak. Each sculpture is delicate, so should be handled with care. Robin on a Bobbin £60, www.jogardinerart.com TIMELESS BEAUTY Skirting the edge of the sparkling River Dee, the picturesque Victorian village of Ballater looks its most beautiful when laden with snow. Surrounded by countryside and located in the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of majestic Royal Deeside, it is considered one of Scotland’s most scenic visitor spots. Balmoral Castle, which is one of the holiday residences of the Royal Family, lies just 7 miles to the west and…

12 min.
the christmas garden

ON COLD DECEMBER mornings, the weak winter sun struggles to break through the cloak of fog which rolls down Highfield Hollies arboretum, receding into the valley below, concealing countless rows of holly topiaries in its wake. As the veil lifts, it reveals a wide pastoral valley, buttressed by the distant East Hampshire Hangers; a ridge of steep-sided scarps, which mark the edge of the gentler Hampshire Downs. Highfield Farm, a white-rendered workman’s cottage built in 1928, once part of a wider, gentleman’s estate, sits at the highest point of its sprawling 18 acres. The south-western boundary still contains many of the original arboretum’s specimen trees collected by 19th century landowners. This is bound by a great Victorian avenue of hornbeams, with Fagus sylvatica ‘Prince George of Crete’ planted among them. Outriders…

1 min.
louise’s favourite hollies

Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’: This is an ancient holly, dating back to 1884: a female, bright-red berry-bearing cultivar, with beautiful, bright, gold-edged, spineless leaves, good bright red berries and a bushy, dense habit suited to topiary. Height 13-26ft (4-8m); spread 8-13ft (2.4-4m) over 20-50 years. Silver cultivars of English holly, Ilex aquifolium: ‘Silver Lining’: A female seedling, found at Highfield in 1993. Its dark green leaves are finely edged in silver, changing to crimson-red in winter to complement the small, but bright, red berries. Height 39ft (12m). ‘Argentea Marginata’: A really handsome female holly, bearing masses of red berries, with green stems and silver-margined foliage, tinged pink when young. Naturally conical in shape, it makes a good bush, tree or hedging plant. Height 39ft (12m); spread 13-26ft (4-8m) over 20-50…

3 min.
the garden in... december

“The fleecy clouds their chilly bosoms bare, And shed their substance on the floating air”George Crabbe, ‘Inebriety’ IT IS JUST after 4pm, and the sun has slipped away, leaving a pale orange glow in the sky. It is nearly dark already. Catching the flitting of small birds from the corner of my eye, I watch as latecomers seek roosts for the night under the house eaves. It has been an odd year for the garden. Despite many hours spent gardening during the spring, tasks often were not completed in a timely fashion. My mother, on a ‘state visit’ in late summer, suggested that the level of finish I had given my lawn, in mowing, edging and hedge clipping, was rather slapdash and not up to her standards. She, too, spent even more…