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Landscape Magazine Christmas 2016

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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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader... EVERYONE HAS THEIR own idea of when Christmas starts. For me it is the day the tree goes up, and the box of decorations comes down from the loft. Many of mine have been in the family for decades. Because of this, quite a few are starting to show their age, with bits missing, paint scarred and generally past their best. But all contain happy memories of past Christmases, so each one still finds its honoured place on the tree. Of course, this melange of decorations means that there is no chance of adopting a colour theme for my tree. However, I am happy with the fact that this is the one time of year when a certain amount of gaudiness is permissible. I admire colour co-ordinated trees in other…

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readers’ letters

Bounty brought to life As an artist living in at the foot of the Blackstairs in County Carlow, we try to live as much off the land as possible. I thought you might like to see a little watercolour from my sketchbook of some of the bounty we collected this year. Mairead Holohan, County Carlow Captivated by bergenia In the past I have never felt like planting bergenia. However, since I read your article about them in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of LandScape I have changed my mind. I did not realise what amazing winter colour they had. I am planning a new bed in my garden and bergenia will definitely play a role in the planting scheme. The biggest problem will be deciding which ones to plant! Susan Brookfield, Cheshire Layer of fallen leaves The seasonal…

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our landscape

CAROLS OF NOTE The tradition of singing carols at Christmas stretches back to the Middle Ages. The origins of many favourite carols, such as ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, are now long lost. Some may have started out as folk songs that gradually came to be connected with the Nativity story. For centuries, many towns and villages had their own local collection of carols. These live on in places such as Derbyshire, where the Castleton Carollers sing carols heard nowhere else. Other carols have a more definite history. The words to ‘While Shepherds Watched’ were first published in 1700. For 80 years, in the 18th century, this was the only Christmas hymn authorised by the Church of England. There are a multitude of tunes for this hymn, the most common of…

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beacons of colour

AMASS OF SCARLET berries gleams like a beacon in the winter garden. Braving heavy frost and falling snow, this show is being put on by the fruits of cotoneasters. A member of the rose family, these versatile plants provide both welcome colour and food for the birds throughout the colder months. Although the most commonly seen is Cotoneaster horizontalis, there are believed to be up to 300 species. They range from ground-hugging shrubs to small trees. All will provide trouble-free, year-round interest in virtually every part of the garden. With or without leaves There are both evergreen and deciduous varieties. All are thorn-free. Many of the most popular in British gardens are evergreen, such as C. salicifolius and Cotoneaster x suecicus ‘Coral Beauty’. Deciduous varieties include the ubiquitous C. horizontalis. Whether they keep…

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cotoneaster for different areas

Cotoneaster x suecicus ‘Coral Beauty’ Perfect for ground cover in sun or part shade, this vigorous evergreen has small clusters of white flowers in spring and glossy, red berries through autumn and winter. It provides easy, low maintenance cover on slopes and banks. Height 12in (30cm), spread 6½ft (2m). ‘Cornubia’ Usually seen as a shrub, this hybrid of C. frigidus can be trained to be possibly the best berried tree available. After 20 years, it can reach 26ft (8m) high and as much across. Not fully evergreen, some of the narrow leaves hang on through the winter. In this way it retains some winter interest after birds have stripped the masses of bright red berries. Good for screening. Height and spread 16ft (5m). ‘Exburiensis’ A spreading, bushy evergreen, its white flowers are followed by soft…

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orange and scarlet show

The brightly-coloured berries of cotoneaster are used to make simple, festive arrangements. They can be used individually to fill bowls, in which case they are carefully detached from the stems. Other decorations use sprigs of berries. Any that are bruised, cut or have soft spots are discarded. Each berry is cleaned using water and a soft cloth. When displayed, the berries are checked periodically. Those which show signs of rotting, such as dark or soft spots, are removed. Cotoneaster berries are classed as having a low toxicity and should not be eaten.…