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Landscape Magazine February 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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COLD PINK LIGHT infuses the February sky, and mist hugs the ground, reducing the trees to faded outlines. The scene resembles a watercolour painting, with shapes only hinting at their true form. Drawn by the mysterious beauty of this shrouded landscape, I decide to take a short walk before lunch. I can almost feel the weight of the air on my skin. Passing the village hall, I just make out its moss green door and corrugated roof. Instead of walking around the village, I choose the path towards the river. The mist thickens as the track gently descends. I often enjoy this route, but today, familiar landmarks melt in and out of the scene. Reaching the river, a sharp right turn reminds me there is a kissing gate ahead. Passing through it, I…

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Home-made is best I make 63 jars of marmalade every year and intend to use one for your cake recipe from the Jan/Feb 2018 issue. Please carry on giving us regional recipes, as it is so nice to make these delights. We always have a cup of tea and cake in the afternoon, being retired, and it is so nice to have a different cake to try. I have sent a photo of my Christmas cakes, including one before the icing was complete, which were made for the church bazaar, along with some of my chutneys and marmalade. I also make Christmas puddings and cakes, as well as pickles; something I think is dying out. Soon, home cooking and bakes may become a thing of the past as everything can be…

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A Christmas to remember There is a reason behind my nickname, ‘Mrs Christmas’. Since August, I have been showing my friends pictures of my Christmas crafting plans. Last December, I decided that, to mark my 50th Christmas this year, I would make all the decorations for the tree. In among the pipe cleaners, yarn, and pompoms sits my pile of magazine clippings, and on top is the Christmas 2017 issue of LandScape. I loved that your craft ideas involved everyday items. Mixing nature’s influence with creativity seems to be at the heart of LandScape, hence my woolly sheep. Your magazine offers so much to those of us who are creative, but also love the countryside. Ms Sally Anne Goffin-Adams, Hertfordshire Making new from old I was really fascinated by your article in the September…

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our landscape

NATURE’S EMBELLISHMENT In winter, each spine on the seedhead of the common teasel is edged in pure white frost, drawing attention to its detailed silhouette. The long bracts, curling out from the top of the stem with flourishing swoops, contrast with the plant’s otherwise sharply angular lines. The stem and leaves are also covered in prickles, each point enhanced by the ice. It is from the leaves, and the small cup that they form at the base, close to the stem, that the genus takes its name, dipsacus, which comes from the Greek, dipsa, for thirst. Water can collect here, forming a small, clear pool. Teasels are common in England, less so in the rest of Britain, and can be seen, stark and shimmering, near roadsides, river banks, fens and rough…

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tangle of light

AS DAWN ILLUMINATES a foggy February morning and proud hulks of holly, box and taxus slowly emerge, the skeletal outline of white-stemmed brambles appear. Their arched stems form ghostly spectres at first, solidifying as the mist dissipates. When the low sun gains strength, burnishing dark red hellebores, igniting red cornus and switching on the displays of hamamelis and viburnum, the white bramble stems jump into life like the filaments of a light bulb. Hardy, adaptable and easy to please, these are shrubs which anyone can grow. But, as well as their luminous beauty, each stem and every leaf is covered in sharp prickles. So while most gardens can accommodate the jumbled stems, the bramble should be planted away from the edges of paths. The pale bloom on the stems is an effect…

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planting partners

With their open, tall habit and arching, prickly canes, white-stemmed brambles are best placed at the back of the border. Although they can be effective when backlit, they really stand out when planted against dark foliage, with the sun shining on them. All evergreens make a suitable background, from a clipped yew hedge to a collection of useful winter evergreens, such as Viburnum tinus and V. bodnantense, laurel and holly. Rich purple Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ adds drama, but it is slow and compact, so is more practical if planted in front to mimic the dark coals from which the smoky rubus is emerging. To create the effect of flames, planted between the two, scarlet Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ excels. At the base, classic partners include the thick, shiny round leaves…