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Landscape Magazine December 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

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2 min.
dear reader...

THERE ARE SOME things that feel at their most magical during the festive season. To travel by steam train is a treat at any time of year, but on a crisp December day as I wait on the frosty platform, it is as if I have stepped into a Christmas card. I am making a short journey through the Cambridgeshire Fens. The air is freezing, and the steam from the engine crystallises in the air as if a great rolling cloud has fallen from the sky. The smell of soot and steam are heavy in my nose and throat. The whistle is shrill; a sound of days gone by. It is time to step aboard. Wrapped up against the cold, hands deep in pockets, scarves and hats bound against the chill, passengers…

4 min.
readers’ letters

A passion for pottery To lift my mind and tap into my creative side, I decided to embark on a pottery course at my local college. After a few weeks of learning the basics, I came up with some simple, but useful, little gift ideas. From creation to kiln, it was a very relaxing and therapeutic experience, and I made some much loved presents for my friends. I am looking forward to ‘throwing’ some pots next time. Alison Lowe, West Sussex Creating a pointer to the past I was greatly inspired by your ‘Textures of the Shore’ hanging in the July issue. Here is my version using fabrics from my stash and now hanging in my conservatory. I made the hanging on 12 July, which is my grandfather’s birthdate. The compass I used in…

3 min.
our landscape

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME The 20th century saw the golden age of travel, with the introduction of Pullman cars, interconnected coaches and faster locomotives heralding the beginning of holidays and day trips. Beautifully illustrated with period photos, colourful posters and railway ephemera, Julian Holland’s insightful book takes a nostalgic look at the boom time for rail travel, from the late 19th century to the 1960s. The perfect gift for rail enthusiasts, Julian explores this evocative period in railway history and delves deeper into a time of smoke and steam that is gone, but not forgotten. Golden Years of Rail Travel £30, www.harpercollins.co.uk FROSTED FINGERS Commonly found in dense thickets on hillsides, and in woodland, heathland and moorland, bracken, Pteridium aquilinum, is one of the oldest ferns, with fossil records more than 55 million years old.…

8 min.
glister and glow in a sculpted garden

ON A CRISP December day in the Scottish Borders, there is frost on the fields and a clear sky. The view northwards is of rolling hills and fertile valleys, where rivers, including the Teviot and the Tweed, have, for centuries, powered the woollen industry for which the region is still famous. One mile from the tiny village of Bonchester Bridge, set off a narrow country lane, lies a house built from mellow, red sandstone, surrounded on two sides by woodland. This is Easter Weens, with its fascinating garden shaped by three generations of the same family. The house was once the stable block of the neighbouring estate. In the 1960s, former diplomat Sandy Curle, whose mother had been born in the mansion house, returned from long service in East Africa and set…

1 min.
notable designer

Percy Cane was an English garden designer, born in Essex in 1881. He began his career in 1919 and, over the next 50 years, would go on to create landscapes for some of the most notable houses in the country, including the 18th century Sutton Park in North Yorkshire and the Robert Adam masterpiece, Mellerstain House, in the Scottish Borders. Cane was a devotee of the Arts and Crafts style, and he won many gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show from 1936 to 1952. He also wrote several books on gardening and design.…

1 min.
making the most of winter favourites

Christian makes effective use of winter planting by working with a limited number of species and repeating them at regular intervals around the garden. These include: Ilex ‘Golden King’: Despite the name, this is a female form and carries a heavy crop of berries. Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’: “This is such a hard-working shrub, and it provides a bright splash of winter colour,” says Christian. Aucuba japonica: Variegated laurel does not grow as large as the green variety, making it easier to control. Choisya ‘Sundance’: “I am truly surprised at how hardy this golden form of Mexican orange blossom has proved itself to be in this cold spot,” says Christian. Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’: Christian has found this winter heather to be particularly effective as ground cover.…