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Landscape Magazine July 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...

A FEW SUMMERS AGO, I decided to put my name down for an allotment. In my mind’s eye, I saw rows of perfect vegetables arranged around a central path. I even drew it out to scale and marked out the beds accordingly. A privet hedge was planted halfway down the plot, beyond which was a neatly mown lawn planted with dwarf apple and pear trees. But what I soon discovered was that those neat lines did not account for self-seeded weeds, the damage wind can do to an exposed site or the deep holes dug by visiting badgers. It was clear that a more instinctive approach was needed. Around the badgers’ favourite area of excavation, I stopped mowing the grass. Rows became a thing of the past too, replaced by a traditional…

4 min
readers’ letters

Star Letter Pond is ready and waiting There were yet more delightful and diverse subjects covered in this May’s publication of LandScape: so much to choose from, but the article on making a small wildlife pond was particularly good. I wish I had had access to it before I started mine. However, it inspired me to complete my project, and here it is, planted up and just waiting for the wildlife to arrive. I wonder if I should send out an invitation? Jane Allanson, East Yorkshire Lamb takes a piggyback I have lived in the Forest of Dean for many years, and, in all that time, I have never seen anything like this before. I see sheep roaming free all the time, but it is the first time I have seen a lamb sitting on…

4 min
our landscape

EVOCATIVE RUINS ABOVE A BLUE SEA Touched by a warming breeze, drifts of billowing, cool-hued lavender ripple on slender stems above mounds of silvery leaves, like the ebb and flow of the tide. Behind this ocean of blue, the dramatic ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire stand in splendid isolation. Once one of the great country houses of England, it reached its peak in the Victorian period, when it became the setting for decadent parties, extravagant balls, and concerts. In 1860, the austere exterior was recast in Bath stone, in ornate Italianate style. The south-west corner also saw the addition of a new curving wing, leading to a glass-roof conservatory. Devastatingly, on the night of 7 September 1937, the head keeper noticed flickering flames spurting from the roof above one of…

8 min
garden draped in a jewelled tapestry

SET AMONG THE rolling Devon hills is unarguably one of this country’s most beautiful gardens. It is tucked away down a narrow lane, which is lush, green and bucolic. The landscape lulls the visitor into expecting more of the same, and there is barely a hint of the pleasures to come. Passing through the gate and entering the first part of the garden at Wildside is like opening a hidden door to a Moorish riad. What greets the visitor is exquisite, glorious and breathtaking. Keith and his late wife, artist Ros Wiley, have created a truly inspirational garden at Wildside; their home since 2004, when they moved from The Garden House at nearby Buckland Monachorum, where Keith had worked for many years. They arrived at a raw site of two basic fields…

1 min
keith’s favourite july plants

Agapanthus: Keith is particularly fond of the blue varieties and especially the darker ones, such as ‘Midnight Blue’. “We grow more than 100 varieties, and I love the way the different shades go so well with the oranges and yellows of daylilies and crocosmia,” he says. Dierama pulcherrimum: While the main dierama flowering event occurs during June, July is the month for the taller D. pulcherrimum. “It’s beautiful, even when the flowers have faded: they move constantly in the slightest breeze,” says Keith. Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’: Beautiful pale yellow flowers, with dark green, feathery foliage and a compact habit. Keith says it is a wonderful foil for the agapanthus, and flowers for months. Lilies: Keith likes all of them, but especially the scented ones. “The really large-flowered, newer hybrids work beautifully nearer…

4 min
the garden in... july

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July”Francis Thompson, ‘A Corymbus for Autumn’ I WOULD NOT NORMALLY drag the hose to the copse at the end of the garden, but some plants are looking particularly sad in the July heat. As the water soaks the earth around a tiarella, a wood mouse emerges, slightly damp, taking cover in the bole of a nearby hazel; then back it comes, reappearing with a mouseling. Four times it takes babies to safety in the hazel. When the deluge is judged to have passed, the babies are returned, one by one. Soaring spires In high summer last year, the spires of hollyhocks seemed to be everywhere, at least locally, chance-seeded and otherwise. Single, crepe-petalled Alcea rosea, originally from China, may have been…