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Landscape Magazine February 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.

United Kingdom
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1 min
dear reader...

AS WINTER ROLLS on, it can feel as if spring remains resolutely out of reach. Daylight is still early to bed, and sharp northerly winds feel as if they could chill to the bone. Despite the inauspicious weather, there is so much beauty to be seen: the tracery of a leafless tree as the sun sits low in the sky is an exquisite sight; tones of peach and steely blue merge and flow into infinity. Yet while the hedges, trees and fields may seem lifeless, this delicate watery colour will soon yield, and, gradually, vibrancy will return. As the days pass, patches of yellow will coat the ground: open cups of aconite and crocus, like a tiny chorus tentatively singing the first few bars of a song. Slowly, day by day, the night-time…

3 min
readers’ letters

Angels merrily on high I have just finished this Christmas angel bunting, and I am very pleased with the result. I used various fabrics, ribbon and trimmings, which I already had. On some of the angels’ wings, I put a coating of various nail varnishes, silver, gold and glitter to give a different and better look to the wing fabric. I always enjoy looking at readers’ letters and crafts that they have worked on. LandScape is a fantastic magazine, so a very big thank you to everyone concerned. It would be wonderful to see my angel bunting in your magazine. Sonia Shrimpton, North Yorkshire A new look with pretty paper My husband discovered this wonderful magazine while browsing in our local newsagent’s, and we love it so much, we have taken out a subscription.…

4 min
our landscape

UNRIVALLED IN ORNATE BEAUTY Extending 842ft (257m) into the Bristol Channel on the north Somerset coast, the Victorian Clevedon Pier is the UK’s only Grade I listed pier. Designed by engineers J W Grover and R J Ward, the unique openwork structure uses cast iron and discarded wrought iron rail from Brunel’s broad-gauge South Wales Railway to create slender arched supports for the pier. Approximately 370 tons of ironwork was needed. Each span is curved with radiating struts and arched stanchions. Ornamental lamps on tapering stems were placed over each of the supports. The result is a combination of beauty and utility, akin to the intricacy of a spider’s web. It was originally built in the 1860s and opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamers from Devon and Wales. A toll…

9 min
garden sprinkled with tiny gems

NEAR THE VILLAGE of Winkleigh, in North Devon, where narrow lanes slice their way between tall hedges, the garden of an early 18th century Devon longhouse shines brightly through the gloom of late winter. While February can seem like a rather bleak month, this is never the case here at Higher Cherubeer. Surrounded by empty fields and the occasional wind turbine, Jo and Tom Hynes’ garden is illuminated by the gem-like blooms of hundreds of small bulbs and the glowing wands of pollarded willows. Around the edge of the garden, a woodland walk curves between a mix of native trees, including silver birch, field maple, lime, oak and beech. On each side of the path, big clumps of gleaming snowdrops light the way, even on dull days. Dropping most of…

1 min
jo’s favourite february plants

Cyclamen hederifolium: A great foliage plant, with marbled, ivy-shaped leaves, that makes good ground cover for six months of the year. It flowers in the autumn. Cyclamen coum: Brilliant for flower impact, bearing masses of intensely magenta blooms from late winter to early spring, held above kidney-shaped, dark green leaves. Common bladdernut, Staphylea pinnata: Large, upright deciduous shrub or small tree up to 16ft (5m), with attractive, striated bark and hanging clusters of fragrant flowers in late spring. Laurel-leaved currant, Ribes laurifolium: Evergreen shrub up to 3ft (1m) in height, with leathery, dark green leaves and pendent yellow-green flowers in late winter and early spring; a perfect nectar source for early bees. Early crocus, Crocus tommasinianus: Lilac to deep purple crocus that can naturalise in grass, creating glorious sheets of colour when it flowers…

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snowdrops at higher cherubeer

While living in Buckinghamshire, Jo got to know a group of galanthophiles: a term used to describe snowdrop enthusiasts. Included among them were the eminent galanthophiles Richard Nutt and Primrose Warburg. Since then, Jo has had a fascination for these small but very special plants and has even bred varieties of her own, named after her children, Daisy and Jack. “I love breeding and growing plants on, because I’m naturally inquisitive,” she says. There are approximately 400 named cultivars in the garden at Higher Cherubeer, including some that flower as early as September, such as Queen Olga’s snowdrop, Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae. Jo’s favourite snowdrops include: ‘S. Arnott’: “It smells wonderful and makes big, robust clumps,” she explains. ‘Trumps’: “An interesting flower, with green marks on the tips of its outer petals.” ‘Fly…