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Landscape Magazine January 2021

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...

ALTHOUGH MANY OF us dream of a white Christmas, it is far more likely that snow will fall in January. While the last remnants of warmth held in the sea around this island keep the icy weather largely at bay in December, in January the cold prevails, and winter lays its frosty hand upon the ground. There is something magical about waking up to the sight of a sparkling white blanket spread across the countryside; its frozen visit provoking the warmest of reactions. A child’s joy at the prospect of playing in the snow is unparalleled: that it is such a fleeting visitor makes that moment all the more poignant. On one such glistening morning, a silence has descended; the snow muffling everyday sounds. I need to visit the shop: there is…

3 min
readers’ letters

Absorbed in being creative My 11-year-old granddaughter, Emily, visited us recently and wanted to make something. In the past, cakes were a popular choice, but I said that I had read an article in the August issue of my LandScape magazine about making some lovely gift tags. When I showed her the article, there was no going back. With no adult help and little direction, she sat and made a variety of tags, so I am forwarding a picture of the results of her patience and creativity that I hope readers will enjoy. Thank you for such a lovely magazine. I always look forward to its delivery. Janet Kingsmill, Essex A gift for three generations Firstly, my sincere thanks for sending me the Christmas tea cosy pattern that I requested. As I had previously stated, it…

4 min
our landscape

REFUGE AT THE WATER’S EDGE As dawn bathes the water of Llangorse Lake, at the heart of the Brecon Beacons, in a gentle glow, the silhouette of a traditionally built roundhouse stands stark against the golden sky. Feathered reeds, flecked by frost, frame the water’s edge, their trembling heads quivering at the slightest suggestion of a breeze. The largest natural lake in South Wales, this small, man-made island sits near the north shore, assembled from oak planks and built as a crannog: an ancient dwelling constructed on the water. The earliest crannogs date back more than 5,000 years, with hundreds throughout Scotland and Ireland, though this is the only example in Wales. The thatched roundhouse is The Welsh Crannog Centre and resembles how the buildings would have looked at the time…

11 min
ethereal garden of dancing grasses

EVEN IN THE depths of the season, the sun’s weak, wintry rays highlight and gild the unique structure of Old Rectory Garden, illuminating parchment grasses while frost outlines harder landscape features and resting plants. Dancing light and shadows bring movement, and iced water rills tinkle musically. Shrill birdsong pierces the crisp January air, broken infrequently by the occasional sounding of the church bells. The 18th century, honeyed stone rectory stands stalwart beside the Church of St John the Baptist, in the Northamptonshire village of Quinton, totally at ease, perhaps even pleased, with its new garden attire, resplendent even in winter’s chill. When Old Rectory came onto the market in 2010, Alan Kennedy and Emma Wise were attracted not only by the opportunity to create a spacious and charming family home, but…

2 min
emma’s favourite winter plants

Sweet olive, Osmanthus armatus: Pruned and painted creatively, this is an eye-catching feature of the winter garden. It is a cultivated ornamental evergreen shrub or small-growing, multi-stemmed tree, native to Asia. It is fully hardy in the UK and should be planted in full sun or partial shade where it will produce masses of creamy-white fragrant flowers, followed by dark purple-black berries in autumn, which attract wildlife. Once established, the domed canopy requires minimal pruning in late winter/ spring. The stems can be painted to dramatic effect with lime-based paint and recoated as required. Height 8-16ft (2.4-5m); spread 13ft (4m). Common hornbeam, Carpinus betulus: “This is a great plant, which can be trained to dramatic winter effect,” says Emma. “Our pleached walkway of long-legged, copper-topped specimen trees brings rich colour and…

4 min
the garden in... january

TINY PETALS FLOAT in the air like furtive snowflakes. I look up into the battered old cherry tree, Prunus x subhirtella, braving the weather. Its fragile blossom lifts the spirits on a wintry day. Last year, many of us gained a deeper appreciation of outdoor spaces and the flora and fauna close to home. Less-managed road verges awash with wild flowers, unmown public parks and hay meadows were celebrated. “The storms of wintry time will quickly pass, And one unbounded spring encircle all”James Thomson, ‘The Seasons: Winter’ Change is inevitable, if sometimes not entirely welcome. The land in this part of Wiltshire has been restlessly farmed for centuries, turned over from grazing to crops in cycles. Adjoining our garden is the edge of a roughly square-shaped field. At approximately 12 acres, it is…