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Landscape Magazine June 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...

SORTING THROUGH A cupboard recently, I rediscovered our old family tent. It was neatly rolled and packed into its bag, stored away with the numerous paraphernalia of camping holidays: striped chairs; a gingham-topped table; enamel stove and saucepans; all of them made with folding handles or detachable parts, designed to take up minimal space during travel. Regardless of their compact forms, I marvel at the amount of equipment before me. Untying the cord at the top of the bag, the familiar odour of the tent’s thick, lime-green canvas pervades the air. It is an evocative smell, earthy and slightly fusty, bringing back memories of cooking in the rain, the sound of footsteps trampling across the groundsheet and the blue-tinged flicker of the gas lamp. Putting the whole thing together was always a…

4 min
readers’ letters

Star Letter Fond holiday memories rekindled I have been a subscriber to the fabulous LandScape magazine since day one, and class it as a quality read: each month, entertaining and informative. It takes so long to read that I am a little late for ‘letter of the month’. I loved the February edition, as I was brought up in Pembrokeshire, born in Haverfordwest in 1955, and my aunt and cousins lived for a time in Tenby. We visited often, and agree that, even back then, it was a great place. I realise that you cannot mention everything about Tenby in a few pages, but as a PS to readers, I would like to mention the old way of visiting Caldy Island was by landing craft. How exciting this was for children. The…

4 min
our landscape

GRACEFUL IN FLIGHT The silent swallow swoops and swerves with agile grace over the sparkling water, carving impossible patterns into the air as it snips insects on the wing. Swallows, Hirundo rustica , are summer visitors, arriving from the south and populating areas where there is a ready supply of small, flying invertebrates. They are particularly fond of undisturbed farm buildings and open pasture with access to water. By early June, most have started to breed. During the time when the young hatch until they fledge and leave the nest, adult swallows become territorial, often diving as part of their defence to drive away potential intruders from the nesting sites. By July, the first brood has usually flown the nest. They are easily identifiable by their dark, iridescent blue plumage and…

8 min
sanctuary among fragrant borders

NESTLED AT THE foot of Sharpley Hill in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, a granite farmhouse rises from an undulating landscape of fields criss-crossed with low hedges and drystone borders. In this fold of the East Midlands countryside, owners Pat and John Stanley have created a quintessentially English garden, sheltered by a mellow brick wall. A swathe of smooth green lawn contrasts with a deep border planted with an explosion of shapes, colours, textures and scents. On a sunny day in June, bees, butterflies and iridescent blue dragonflies flutter, swoop and buzz over massed spires of delphiniums, lupins and foxgloves, old-fashioned pink roses and fragrant purple lavender. Ancient espaliered apple and pear trees spread gnarled fingers across the wall, with clematis and roses scrambling across them, creating layers of colour. The garden at Spring…

2 min
pat’s favourite june flowers

Lupin ‘Noble Maiden’ “We have used these lupins as a feature,” says Pat of the tall, creamy spires of flowers which bloom in June and July. Lupins are a cottage garden favourite, and the south-facing sunny site near the old wall perfectly suits their needs. They are used effectively as a mid border plant, as they grow to approximately 36in (91cm) tall. Foxgloves “Insects really do love this plant, and in the summer, there’s nothing nicer than hearing the muffled buzzing of bees inside the cone-shaped flowers,” says Pat. When the new border was established six years ago, 24 foxgloves were planted, and these have been allowed to self-seed. “We have them in pink, white and all the colours,” says Pat. She recommends deadheading the spent flowers to encourage a second flush. English roses “When…

1 min
english longhorn cattle

John and Pat established their herd of English Longhorn cattle in 1989. A native breed, these powerfully built, yet docile, cattle are prized for their meat and their long, curled white horns. The cattle can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when they were used to pull ploughs for small farmers. In the 18th century, under pioneering livestock breeder Robert Bakewell, they were prized as a source of the finest beef. The Longhorn Cattle Society was founded in 1878, and the breed became a favourite subject for artists painting in a naive style. By the 1960s, the number of English Longhorns had declined dramatically. They were rescued by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in 1980. John and Pat’s successful breeding programme has helped to remove English Longhorn cattle from…