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Landscape Magazine August 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...

IN THE SUMMER, I spend as much time tending my allotment as I can. Evening visits nearly always involve a confab with my fellow growers about what is eating their peas or whether or not it’s been a good year for soft fruit. Somebody always has an interesting snippet of news or a setback they are hoping for help with. Of course, a flask of tea and a packet of biscuits is always needed for such important discussions. On another day, I will arrive early to steal a quiet couple of hours by myself in the cool morning air. I can’t help but feel a little smug as I unlock the gate to find that I am the first to arrive. A haze sits over the plots, the sound of my footsteps…

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Blanket of blue One day last summer, I found my 24-year-old granddaughter relaxing in the garden on a rug I made when she was a baby. Remembering the ‘Patchwork Spread’ pattern in the July/ August 2016 issue of LandScape, I thought it was time to make her a new one. I collected a number of pairs of old jeans from the family, which had some natural worn crease marks in an interesting pattern. This reminded me of the effects created by tie-dyeing, so I decided to experiment on a cushion to accompany the rug. After several attempts, I completed the project. Now Chloë can relax on her new picnic rug and cushion thanks to LandScape and a little help from me. Deirdre Whitworth, via email…

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readers’ letters

Nature’s stunning palette The countryside is full of green and bright flowers. These lovely bluebells are just up the road from me. Sarah White, via Facebook Midhurst in the spotlight I was delighted to find a full section on my home town in the June issue of the magazine, including the stunning landscape and one of my favourite wildlife habitats: Midhurst and the lowland heathland. Thank you for coming to this wonderful corner of Sussex. Sophie May Lewis, Sussex Incentive to carry on baking I had not heard of LandScape magazine until a friend from my art group introduced me to it. I now subscribe and love all the wonderful photos and articles. I also make a few of your recipes each month, including the marmalade cake with homemade marmalade and the simnel cake, which were both…

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our landscape

HINTS OF THE HORIZON A small wicker basket, dipped in white paint, evokes the sun-bleached sand of a day at the beach. The basket is dipped slowly into a tub of white matt emulsion paint, until the desired line is reached, and then gradually drawn out. The worst of the drips are allowed to fall or gently wiped away with a cloth, with care taken not to touch the basket itself. It is then hung to dry outside above several sheets of newspaper, which will catch any further drips. The charm of the basket lies in its rustic feel, which is enhanced by the irregular line of the paint. Once dry, it can be used as a planter, to hold a pot of flowers. Placing it on a wall outside, where…

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a living tapestry

HIGH UP, WHERE trees cling to the steep sides of a former sand quarry exposed to the August sun, lies Champs Hill. Ten miles from the Sussex coast, near Pulborough, the house and its surrounding garden are afforded some protection by a shelterbelt of pine trees and birches. But what sets this 30-acre estate apart is the colourful weave of heather spreading out like a giant tapestry, its earthy aroma filling the warm air. Once the site of three disused quarries, now it comprises woodland, heathland and the 3-acre heather garden which wraps around the house. Far-reaching views stretch across Amberley Wildbrooks, a nature reserve of floodplain and grazing marshes, towards the majestic South Downs, with the seaside towns of Littlehampton and Worthing beyond. Today, its original south-facing flower beds are a…

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mary’s advice on growing heathers

Soil and mulching: For summer-flowering heathers to thrive, they need to grow on ericaceous, or acidic, soil, which can be created by adding ericaceous compost. They also respond well to liberal doses of leaf mould mixed in with the compost. At Champs Hill, this is added to the beds from March or April. Each bed is mulched thoroughly every two to three years. Heathers do not require other types of feeding. Conditions: Heathers love sunshine, but not too much wind or overwatering. They vastly prefer rainwater above chlorinated tap water. Pruning: It is vital to keep heathers in good condition and clumped snugly close to the ground. Once flowering is over, the greenery beneath the flower stems should be pruned. If heathers are left, they will grow woody and leggy, and the…