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Landscape Magazine October 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...

I HAVE A TRUNK in my dining room full of old fabric: vintage curtains and pieces of clothing, too pretty to throw away. There are squares of felt, lace trimmings, balls of yarn; even some tea towels with evocative seaside scenes. Alongside them is a rusting biscuit tin jammed with buttons. They sit like treasure waiting to be discovered: some gold, some green, others worn or tarnished; their patina all that is left of a threadbare cardigan or much-loved dress. Picking up half a ball of tightly-bound yarn, I recall my first attempt at knitting. Following the pattern carefully, it went well to start with, but I soon lost count of the rows, so put it to one side and satisfied myself with knitting squares to make a blanket. They are still…

3 min.
readers’ letters

A welcome challenge My friend Jac and I are walking the stunning 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path for our pleasure, but also to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which carries out research into type 1 juvenile diabetes. It is so beautiful, and we would like to share a photo with you. Thank you for a fantastic magazine, by the way. I am now a subscriber. Jules Nicolson, Pembrokeshire Happy holiday reading I came across LandScape while shopping for our caravan trip. I am always on the lookout for a good read which has a similar outlook to mine. Having chosen it, I am happy to say that I need look no further. I thoroughly enjoyed the magazine and wanted to say “well done” to the team for putting together a fabulous read,…

4 min.
our landscape

TIMELESS JOURNEY A steady plume of pearly white smoke billows from the funnel of a steam locomotive as it chugs over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands. The Mallaig extension of the West Highland Railway first opened in 1901 but, in 1967, steam services were withdrawn in favour of diesel locomotives. In 1984, in an effort to promote tourism, they were re-introduced along part of the line. The Jacobite steam train runs the distance of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, passing by mountainous peaks, historic monuments and glistening lochs. As it hurtles over the viaduct, the view opens across the waters of Loch Shiel, the fourth longest loch in Scotland. In autumn, the rugged beauty of the Highlands is veiled in golden layers of rich colour. RIPE FOR THE…

10 min.
fairy-tale garden woven with magic

IN EAST CORNWALL, three miles from the town of Bodmin, at a place where windswept moors meet sheltered wooded valleys, lies the small village of Cardinham. Bodmin Moor, to the north, is a wild expanse of heather moorland, punctuated by standing stones, prehistoric hut circles and rugged tors. The woodland stretching south of the village, towards the River Fowey, is a mix of conifer and native broadleaf trees, including oak and hazel, that, by October, are turning from green to gold and russet. The peppery smell of autumn hangs in the air. Pinsla Garden lies just outside the village, along the road leading south towards Bodmin and Lostwithiel, secreted among trees behind an unassuming laurel hedge. Claire and Mark Woodbine bought Pinsla Lodge, at the entrance of the former drive to…

1 min.
creating glorious october colour

Rosy-leaved sage, Salvia involucrata ‘Bethellii’: a woody-based, deciduous perennial, growing up to 5ft (1.5m) high and spreading to 3ft (1m). “This is such an impressive plant, with cerise flowers opening from pink bracts and very tactile aromatic leaves,” says Claire. Californian fuchsia, Zauschneria californica: a semi-evergreen shrub, up to 18in (50cm) high and spreading to 3ft (1m). “With brilliant scarlet flowers, this is really useful as a bright thread to weave through a tapestry of other plants. It meanders about very nicely,” says Claire. Star flower, Isotoma axillaris: a floriferous, low-growing tender perennial, with toothed leaves, that reaches up to 1ft (30cm) and spreads to 18in (50cm). It flowers from June to the first frosts. “This is a very easy plant that we grow each year as an annual,” says Claire. Michaelmas daisy,…

6 min.
beads of purple

AMID THE ONSLAUGHT of fiery red and orange colouring that glows from so many leaves in the garden in autumn, a more unusual show of seasonal colour is to be found in the berries of the callicarpa. These woody shrubs go almost unnoticed through the growing season until autumn, when their slender stems are adorned with countless lilac- or violet-shaded fruits, held in ball-like clusters along the stems, at the base of the leaves. These berries are curious in that they are coated in a natural sheen, providing a fresh injection of colour to the garden, which becomes even more striking as the autumn leaves gradually start to fall. By the end of the season, the berries stand alone on bare stems, adding fine jewellery to the garden at a time…