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Landscape Magazine September 2019

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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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United Kingdom
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear reader...

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN drawn to colour. As a child, my most precious possessions were coloured pencils and a little set of poster paints. Each was a round slab which, when brushed with water, would release its intense pigment. Circling the brush over and over, a thick puddle of paint filled the centre of each block. Applying it to paper in heavy layers, it would often crack as it dried, but the vivid tones mattered to me more than the texture. As an adult, I still seek out colour: a ball of yarn or a richly patterned length of fabric; vintage buttons and reels of thread in rainbow shades. There is always something to tempt me; my mind imagining what it might be made into. In the garden this summer, I decided…

1 min.
star letter

From curtain to cover-up I was going to buy an apron for my 2½-year-old granddaughter, Daisy, so that she could help me in the kitchen without getting covered in chocolate, but then I saw the article on making an apron in your March 2019 edition, and I was inspired. Here is a photo of the finished item. I made it out of the leftover fabric from the curtains I had made for my children’s bedrooms 35 years ago. I knew it would come in useful one day. In fact, I have enough fabric to make a cushion cover for her little chair as well. Annie Hale, by email…

3 min.
readers’ letters

Memories of a treasured gift I was reading an article in the May edition of LandScape when I saw a familiar picture. Back in 1965, my boyfriend, now my husband, was away with his parents in Cornwall. His parents sent me a postcard from Boscastle, and as my picture shows, not a lot has changed. The building was a little gift shop, and Malcolm bought me a necklace from there. I still love wearing it after all these years. Sue Turner, by email Mirroring a wild flower display Last weekend, I took my Cockapoo, Teddy, on a beautiful walk across some fields that are local to me. While walking, I picked some wild flowers, took them home and arranged them outside in an old watering can. I then sat and looked at my new…

3 min.
our landscape

ELEGANT DRAPES IN PURE WHITE Streams of water tumble into a valley in a foaming torrent, as spray swirls into the air, sprinkling a cool haze of moisture nearby. This gushing waterfall is one of four which form the Brecon Beacons Four Falls Trail. Considered the most graceful, Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn, meaning ‘lower fall of the white meadow’, rolls downwards over the stark grey rock for approximately 98ft (30m) in a series of cascades, eventually crashing into the churning waters of the River Mellte. The timbre of falling water reverberates around the gorge, and time spent listening to the constant swell reveals its transient pitches. TEXTURES OF THE SEASON A clutch of lanceolate leaves in shades of burnt orange, russet and olive green cluster together in this delicate leather brooch. Intricately sewn by…

11 min.
brimming with life

THE LANDSCAPE OF the Somerset Levels is remarkable: big skies and narrow roads bounded by ditches, or rhynes, and lined with pollarded willows enclosing lush, green pastureland. Larks burble up from the fields, and slow, bumbling cattle graze the meadowland, long tufts of grass tumbling from their mouths. The countryside is bucolic; pastoral. However, it is also extremely windy here. It is hard to imagine a sheltered, shaded garden tucked away out of the gales, but at Babb’s Farm in Highbridge, Sue and Richard O’Brien have created a haven for plants, insects and birds. They wanted a sanctuary from their busy jobs and relished the prospect of green abundance and space for their growing family. “It’s taken years, but it’s what I really imagined,” says Sue. She had been inspired by…

1 min.
plants for damp, shady beds

Shade-tolerant hostas include H. fortunei var. albopicta, which is a large-growing variety with a height of approximately 22in (55cm) and spread of up to 40in (1m), with yellow-green leaves edged with darker green. Alternatively, there is hosta ‘Frances Williams’, which has blue-green leaves with irregular yellow margins, and a height and spread of approximately 24in (60cm); or hosta ‘Halcyon’, a smaller-leaved variety, bluish in colour. It reaches a height of 16in (40cm) and a spread of approximately 28in (70cm). The beautiful, lacy-leaved shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, reaches a height of up to 60in (1.5m) and a spread of 48in (1.2m) or more. The semi-evergreen coppershield fern, Dryopteris erythrosora, has triangular-shaped fronds that begin life as a coppery colour, eventually maturing to a dark green. It has a height and spread of…