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Country Life 06-May-2020

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Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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1 min.
window boxes

For a large number of us, a window box is all we know as a garden-narrow, hard-working creatures, putting up a good fight against the concrete city. The bigger and deeper the box, the more luscious your displays can be. Try single Waltzing Mathilda dahlias and Double Dandy dwarf sunflowers. Drainage holes in the bottom are essential-cover them with bits of polystyrene. Good compost is vital too: choose a rich, peat-free mix and beg, borrow or steal some homemade compost for soil vitality. Mix all of this with some grit-oyster shell normally sold as hen's feed works very well. Edible herbs that flower are brilliant, as they can cope with neglect. Perennial pink marjoram will be beloved by bees, as will electric-blue flowering boragean essential for summer gin and tonics.…

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recipe of the week

Pici cacio e pepe, the choice of Padella’s chef and co-founder, Tim Siadatan Notes Serves four Ingredients For the pici 375g white-bread flour180ml water1tbspn olive oilPinch of fine sea salt For the cacio e pepe 1 batch of pici dough160g unsalted butter1tspn freshly ground black pepper1tspn lemon juice100g Parmesan, finely grated ‘Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is a Roman dish and one of the most popular ones on our menu. Romans use pecorino, but we prefer a high-quality, aged Parmesan, because it has a better depth of flavour’ Method Place the flour in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Stir the water, olive oil and salt together and pour into the well. Combine, until a dough starts to form. Once formed, take the dough out, transfer to a clean table and start kneading until smooth.…

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summerill & bishop

SUMMERILL & BISHOP is busy celebrating its 26th birthday. It was founded by best friends June and Bernadette, who set out to fill a gap in the market for desirable kitchen and tableware, sold in an equally desirable space. The primary focus is now the foundation of any good table—the tablecloth—but the physical shop ethos remains (there’s also an online shop and delivery service). Summerill & Bishop’s latest launch is its Rainbow Check for opening times (subject to change due to the lockdown; 020–7221 4566; range of colourful trompe l’oeil, scalloped rainbow tablecloths and napkins. Production began at the beginning of the year—long before coronavirus —but the release could not have been more serendipitously timed. There is a ‘desire to stay strong and keep things beautiful in such difficult times’, says Louisa…

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a green space

SPARE a thought for all the doctors, nurses and volunteers currently fighting Covid-19 around the clock. Thankfully, in Plymouth, they have been offered some much-needed respite: designer Tom Massey and Yeo Valley have donated their Chelsea Flower Show garden to the intensive care unit at Derriford Hospital. Here in London, we have our fair share of beautiful hospital gardens. You may remember Chris Beardshaw’s woodland-themed Chelsea garden of 2016—its hostas, Vial’s primrose, ranunculi and dame’s-violet now bloom on the roof of Great Ormond Street Hospital (above). On the seventh floor, there’s a second roof garden by Andy Sturgeon, featuring contemporary-style curved lawns, timber sculpture, glass balustrades and grasses. Over at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, you’ll find Jinny Blom’s Green Haven —a warming, colourful courtyard filled with sub-tropical plants and oversized ferns,…

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london curiosities

THIS 1668 carved relief survives at the end of Warwick Lane, EC4. It depicts the legendary figure of Guy of Warwick, heroic ancestor of the Earls of Warwick, and marks the location of the family’s former inn within the City. The image was copied from an engraving in William Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656), representing the gigantic figure of the hero carved into the living rock at Guy’s Cliffe, near Warwick. The book was published in Foster Lane, about five minutes walk away. The architect John Deykes, who was born and worked in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, restored (and presumably saved) the panel. At the bottom, a footnote refers to the popular history of London by Thomas Pennant (a fifth edition was published in 1813), which relates that six oxen were…

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seasonal suggestions

Peonies are at their best in May and June, and plenty of top florists will deliver to your door. Top tip: pop the stems in cold water, to prevent any premature wilting Best for eye-catching elegance McQueens is responsible for Claridge’s floral foyer displays, so you know you’re in good hands ( Best for rule-breakers You won’t find any tightly bound bouquets at Grace & Thorn, which prefers a more offbeat approach (www. Best for a clean conscience Petalon uses seasonal flowers, donates a percentage of profits to bee conservation and uses biodegradable packaging. When social distancing permits, delivery is by push bike (…