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Landscape Magazine July 2019

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...

ONE OF THE greatest joys of living on an island is its coastline. Considering nowhere in Britain is more than 70 miles from the sea, an impromptu day trip to the beach is always a possibility. For me, it is the North Norfolk coast. Attached to the land with a deep collar of dunes, the beaches stretch further than the eye can see. Huge skies sit atop pristine sand; tiny grains packed together, sculpted into fluid shapes by the receding waves. On a hazy Sunday in July, with nothing else pressing, this is where I find myself. The beach is dotted with boldly striped windbreaks. Families sit on patterned picnic rugs, chatting and laughing as they share carefully packed picnics. The food is simple: it is the occasion that is special. Games of cricket…

3 min.
readers’ letters

Treat for the taste buds My 11-year-old daughter baked these pretty fondant fancies from the recipe in the April 2019 issue. They look and taste amazing. Next on the list are the rose, lemon and vanilla buns: we cannot wait. Annabelle Crump, Gloucestershire Capturing the seaside in glass My fused glass range of jewellery and homewares is inspired by the coast and countryside of my native Cornwall. Each piece is handmade in my small studio in Solihull, near Birmingham, bringing a bit of the seaside to the Midlands. I am captivated by the possibilities of glass, and although I am well known for my stone and glass sculptures, I wanted to make something unique but practical that could be enjoyed at any time, whether a piece of jewellery or a beautiful dish. Cheryl Steventon, by…

1 min.
star letter prize

This issue’s star letter writer will win a copy of The Country of Larks, A Chiltern Journey, by Gail Simmons, reflecting the changes of a landscape. In the autumn of 1874, Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a three-day journey across the Chiltern Hills, and almost 150 years later, spurred by the looming construction of the HS2 railway, Gail took to the highways and byways of her childhood to follow in his footsteps. Combining her walk through beech woods, farmland and ancient villages, she peels back the layers of history. Find out more at www.bradtguides. com/country-of-larks-achiltern-journey.html…

3 min.
our landscape

ATTUNED TO THE HUNT As its common name, ‘fish hawk’, suggests, the majestic osprey is a piscivorous species, found along the shores and banks of rivers, lakes and bays, where fish are in abundance. In summer, they can be seen swooping and diving, with sharply curved, black talons outstretched, ready to pluck their prey from the water’s depths. Both sexes of the osprey, Pandion haliaetus, wear a milky white plumage and crown, with a chestnut brown band across piercing yellow eyes, and striped flight feathers. The females are only slightly larger and also exhibit a brown pendant around the neck. In adults, the bills and sharp talons grow continuously to help with wear during hunting, and speckles of tiny, sharp scales, or spicules, cover the underside of their toes, enabling them…

9 min.
enveloped in fragrance

SITUATED ON A lane in Perthshire is a pretty daffodil-yellow house covered in climbers. Roses, honeysuckle and the hardy kiwi plant, Actinidia kolomikta , scramble up its walls, and clematis drape themselves around the wisteria vines that emerge from a frothy skirt of lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis . The high fences that surround the garden on all sides are completely hidden beneath more roses and clematis. Standing on the terrace closest to the house affords a glimpse of the Perthshire hills as they start their long climb towards the Cairngorm mountains. By midsummer, neighbouring houses have disappeared behind mature trees, including a 350-year-old sweet chestnut, giving the garden a sense of privacy and enclosure. Parkhead House started life as a thatched farmhouse in the 18th century, although the thatch has long since…

1 min.
caring for a national collection

Madeleine grows her National Collection of Mylnefield lilies in terracotta pots, in free-draining compost. “The advice I was given was to mix grit into the compost and when I thought I’d added enough, to add some more,” she says. “I add plant food granules too, then, in the autumn, I turn the lilies out of their pots and search through the compost for the bulbils that grow in the leaf axis and the bulblets that grow among the roots. I grow these on until they are large enough to start producing flowers.” While these lilies are hardy, Madeleine says they can be vulnerable to frosts as they emerge in the spring. “We can protect the ones in pots in the greenhouse by just shutting down the windows overnight. Those outside…