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Landscape Magazine April 2018

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...

DURING APRIL, I enjoy sauntering around the garden shortly after dawn. With a mug of tea taking the edge off the morning chill, I quietly observe the subtle changes taking place just outside my door.This daily ritual is my way of immersing myself in a world of barely perceptible growth. Hostas poke their tightly wound leaves through the soil, uncoiling a little more every day; ferns arch their elegant green fronds to greet me. Above them, a silver birch’s heart-shaped leaves hang like confetti over this seasonal awakening.In the flower beds, peony buds are forming, their tight, globe-like shape the antithesis of the soft, scented layers they will become. There is a faint, not at all unpleasant, aroma of onions from the alliums, whose starry globes will soon…

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readers’ letters

Star LetterDelicious recipes worth preservingRetirement has allowed me the luxury of preserve making, which I used to do with my mother more than half a century ago. When I saw the marmalade cake and jar on the front cover of the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of LandScape, I was delighted to see there was a recipe inside, which was very easy to follow and ended with perfect results. I have made other dishes with the marmalade also. What heaven! Sue Everitt, Worcestershire Lasting bouquet for a new lifeAs an American reader of LandScape, I love walking to the book shop on a Friday afternoon to see if it has arrived. There is no other magazine quite like it in the US. My mini dried flower…

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our landscape

A BRIEF SPECTACLEMagnolia’s thick, waxy petals, in shades of white, purple, pink and cream, grow in goblets, facing upward and out to the sun. Though there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties, the latter is often the most evident. Its flowers appear throughout the spring, basking in momentary glory before quickly fading. They are worth seeking out in full bloom and feature in many formal displays and arboretums as well as gardens, parks and public land all over the UK. FEATHERING THE NESTSpring is a busy time for birds. After working to attract a mate, they must build a safe, warm nest in which to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. This pretty wreath is handmade from duck down feathers, organic horsehair and farm straw, providing plentiful…

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reclaiming a lush sanctuary

Trish Maycock on the rocky slopes of the Cotswold bog garden she has lovingly brought back to life. Caltha palustris, marsh marigold, or kingcup, has clusters of intense yellow flowers, approximately 1½in (4cm) in width. Flowering in April, it enjoys full sun. ON THE SIDE of a wooded hill, streams trickle down through mottled grey rocks into a garden filled with moisture-loving plants. Their leaves arch over shimmering pools of bright, clear water in a secluded haven nestled at the lowest point of a Cotswold garden. This acre-large plot overlooks a patchwork valley of fields and woods, with a view out to the Marlborough Downs. At 700ft (213m) in elevation, Cotswold Farm Garden lies in what can be a cold spot. Exposed to late frosts and strong winds, yew…

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about cotswold farm garden

Topiary is a feature at the front of the Cotswold Farm Garden. Shaped from box for its dense, evergreen foliage, it adds a design feature to steps leading up to the limestone terraces. Cotswold Farm Garden rolls down four terraces of limestone rock, diffusing into the wet bog garden at its lowest point. The acre of garden is set into a larger estate of 450 acres, with an Arts and Crafts house of grey stone at its heart. Owner Iona Birchall opens the gardens annually for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 June 2018.Once a simple farmhouse, the house was redesigned by architects Sydney Barnsley and Norman Jewson in the 1920s, after being purchased by Iona’s husband’s grandparents. The gardens were also redesigned by…

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from curls to fans

Shaped like the scroll of a violin, a young fern uncoils in response to the light. Athyrium ‘Ghost’ reveals its lush foliage on purplish stems. Each blade, the leafy part of the frond, is divided into tapering pinnae made up of smaller leaflets called pinnules. Under the partial shade of a wedding cake tree, Cornus controversa , lush ferns flourish in spring borders, creating a wavy sea of green. “Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.”John Muir, ‘My First Summer in the Sierra’ A GENTLY UNFURLING FERN frond slowly performs one of nature’s miracles of transformation. Gradually, it turns from a hairy stem, shaped like a shepherd’s crook, to a majestic, feathered wand of…