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Landscape Magazine May 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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dear reader...

THERE IS A corner of my garden which, in contrast to the rest, sits in cool shade. As the borders nearer the house unfurl to the sun’s warming rays, this little patch is shy, holding its secrets until the rest of the garden is in full show. Elsewhere, the soil is striped with blue clay: claggy in the winter and parched and cracked in the summer. Yet, in this spot, where the pendulous birch lowers its boughs to the ground, the earth is dark and crumbly. Year after year, falling leaves have proffered their goodness, gradually creating a welcoming home for plants which like their feet in cool, rich earth. It is here that I have my favourite perch: a deep wooden seat, with wide arms, perfect for sitting in the watery…

4 min
readers’ letters

Star Letter A most welcome winter visitor I was delighted to see the article regarding Long-tailed tits in the January 2021 issue. The photographs were enchanting: I had forgotten that many years ago, when living in Norway, we had actually seen the white-headed Long-tailed tit, and there were many facts regarding what must be one of my favourite birds, which I was unaware of. However, I was very surprised to read in the paragraph ‘varied habitats’ that this bird was ‘absent from most of the Scottish Highlands…’ We live in the Cairngorm National Park in the Highlands. We have these delightful birds visiting our garden regularly on the feeders and often in and out of the honeysuckle and clematis immediately outside the sitting room window, and have had 13 at one time.…

4 min
our landscape

PROMISE OF DAYS TO COME As spring reaches its crescendo, trees, fields and hedgerows burst with the effervescence of coming summer, offering a precursor to balmy days shining with colourful blooms. In the depths of the English countryside, an old wooden gate mottled with lichen presents an opportunity to linger a moment and appreciate the season on the brink of change. Beyond, an intricate patchwork of rolling, cultivated farmland glows green with verdure, dotted in places by tall, frothy trees of a darker hue, while verges are thick with teasels and cow parsley. The month of May was named after the Greek goddess Maia, who is also identified with Bona Dea, the Roman goddess of fertility. Pausing to enjoy the pastoral scene, it is easy to see why it was named…

10 min
form and flow in a tiered garden

OVERLOOKING THE BANKS of the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, Millgate House is blessed with beautiful vistas. The first-floor, wrought iron balcony looks down through the garden onto the river, with its famous gurgling waterfall, while Richmond Castle and keep can be seen from the lower garden. From the east side of the house, the wild moorlands of the Cleveland Hills shimmer in the distance. “Facing south-south-east, the setting is fantastic, and the garden gets the rising sun in the morning,” says owner Austin Lynch, who, with partner Tim Culkin, has lived and gardened here for more than 40 years. “Among the changing months, May stands confest The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed”James Thomson, ‘On May’ In May, Austin and Tim are awoken by a dawn chorus of some 40…

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austin and tim’s favourite plants

Sicilian honey garlic, Nectaroscordum siculum: “This allium smells very strongly of garlic and was a gift from Lady Serena James, owner of St Nicholas Gardens in Richmond. It has now seeded all over the garden,” says Austin. The ornamental onion plant produces an umbrella of bell-shaped flowers in May and June, and grows to 39in (1m) in height. Hostas: “Many of our hostas have been bought from Sue Proctor Plants in West Yorkshire. Last time we were there, we bought 38 in one go,” says Austin. Hostas are brilliant foliage plants, offering a wide variety of leaf colour and form, some better for shade, and others more suited to sunny spots. Slugs love them though, so it pays to be vigilant and encourage blackbirds and thrushes into the garden to chomp…

4 min
the garden in... may

SOME OF THE tulips in pots are starting to go over: a single, crimped cerise, orange and gold ‘Rococo’ petal floats in one of our raised water tanks. A wasp, newly wakened, alights on the sunlit petal to sip water from the tank. The colours of the gold and black banded insect and the petal zing together, ephemeral and glorious. I have been growing small numbers of annual, biennial and perennial flowers in the veg patch for the past few years, so I thought I would provide a May update on some of my cutting flower patch adventures. Peonies were planted first, the ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ succumbing to peony wilt. The most floriferous is later-flowering, pale pink ‘Sarah Bernhardt’, which explains the enduring popularity of this cultivar, first introduced in 1906. The…