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Landscape Magazine August 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...

AUGUST IS A month which evokes vivid memories for me. Growing up in the Cambridgeshire Fens, my childhood home was surrounded by arable fields. As summer wore on, and the crops grew tall, we would delight in following the path across the fields to the next village. A trail of just over a mile, its beginning was marked out by a rickety stile and a faded green fingerpost. We always ran, the speed of our footsteps matching our eagerness. Stroking our hands along the shoulder-high wheat, we forged tunnels through a golden sea. The farmer did not welcome our excursions, but the footpath was well used, and his displeasure only served to increase the excitement. Back and forth we went, looking for little creatures, such as harvest mice or shrews, and…

3 min.
readers’ letters

Baking teatime treats together I really enjoyed making these from the April issue, with my granddaughter, Olive. I am not sure who was covered in more icing: the cakes or me. Mrs Jan Dexter, South Yorkshire New use for old bottles I am trying to cut down on plastic, but what I cannot recycle, I try to reuse. Bottles with the bottom cut off make excellent mini cloches for bringing on young plants, as my 10-year-old illustrates here. Tony Harper, Devon An enviable display I was delighted to see the article on York Gate Garden in the March 2019 issue. We are blessed to have such an accessible garden on our doorstep. Earlier this year, the garden was open for the snowdrop display, which coincided with the beautifully warm spring weather, showing the garden at its best. Margaret…

1 min.
star letter prize

This issue’s star letter will receive a pair of The Original Muck Boot’s new SS19 Women’s RHS Muckster II short boots, worth £80. Whether pottering in the garden or walking the dog, this mid height garden boot is ideal for the unpredictable British weather and slips on and off with ease. The boots feature 4mm neoprene, which can be rolled down to form ankle boots. They also have a high-traction rubber outsole and vibrant floral print inspired by the Lindley Library at The Royal Horticultural Society. More information at www. muckbootcompany.co.uk…

3 min.
our landscape

LAYERS OF PASTEL PETTICOATS The common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a herbaceous biennial, with stems rising from tightly packed rosettes, each crowned with a prickly seedhead. In midsummer, the delicate inflorescence of mauve, lavender and raspberry-pink flowers appear in rings, circling the head of the teasel. First opening around the middle, the flowers then bloom sequentially toward the top and bottom of the seedhead, forming two narrow belts. This, combined with the whorl of long bracts, curling out from the top of the stem, contrasts the plant’s otherwise spiky appearance. Teasel flowers are a popular source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects, such as hoverflies. Their foliage also entices sap-sucking aphids, which, in turn, attract ladybirds. UNTAMED TREASURES The unspoiled beauty of the Pennines is captured in swathes of emerald and…

11 min.
where colour tumbles to the sea

WITH ITS STEEP rocky cliffs, crystal clear light and wild, windswept beauty, the Penwith peninsula has lured artists and writers to the furthest tip of Cornwall for centuries. The wooded slopes of the Lamorna Valley on its south coast, with its small, pretty fishing village of the same name, was home to a flourishing artists’ colony in the late 19th and early 20th century, including the painter Lamorna Birch, who adopted the valley’s name as his own. On a sunny day, when the sea turns a deep Mediterranean-blue, and hedges and wayside verges are filled with wild flowers, spangled with orange crocosmia and crimson fuchsia, and heavy with the coconut fragrance of gorse, it is easy to see the attraction of life beside the sea here. In late summer, the Cornish ‘hedge’…

1 min.
tips for gardening on a steep slope

Robert and Carol Moule offer some useful advice, based on their own experiences at Chygurno. • It is better to plant small. Larger specimens are more susceptible to wind rock and may struggle to establish. • If the garden has paths with loose surfaces, edging the lower side really well will stop the material sliding off down the slope. • It is useful to have a tool store in the middle of the slope, such as a dustbin halfway down the garden for storing hand tools. • Battery-operated electric tools are a good investment, such as hedge trimmers, pole trimmers and even pruning saws. They are far easier and safer to use than tools with mains cables, and much lighter than heavy petrol-powered tools. • Getting materials up and down the slopes can be difficult.…