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Landscape Magazine January 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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dear reader...

WHILE THE WARMTH and comfort of indoors has been my refuge over the festive break, I am eager to be outdoors. Although much in the garden is dormant, there is still lots to enjoy and plenty to occupy me. My plan is to spend an hour or two in the greenhouse. There are no immediately pressing tasks, but there is great satisfaction to be had from stocktaking and preparing for the year to come. Covered in frost, the glass is opaque, and only the vague shapes of the tender plants hiding inside are visible. I try to prize some leaves from the guttering, but they resist, held firm by frozen rainwater. I know the water butt is full as we have had plenty of wet days, but it is satisfying to…

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readers’ letters

WRITE TO LANDSCAPE We love hearing about how our readers are enjoying the seasons. Write and tell us about a craft project you have been working on, an interesting place you have discovered or an issue about the countryside you want to share. Letters or emails should come with one or two good-sized photos, taken on a digital camera or smartphone. Write to Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA or landscape@bauermedia.co.uk . A glistening curtain I really enjoyed the article ‘Nature’s Needlework’ on the spider’s web and the lives of spiders in the October 2018 issue of LandScape. As we live in the country, we do get a lot of spiders. My greenhouse is a home for large black spiders and their ethereal cobwebs. Here is their silky artwork before the early…

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our landscape

WINTER CLOAK One of the most picturesque streets in the country, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is especially appealing in the depths of winter. Under early evening skies, the thatched and stepped roofs of its traditional cottages are laden with snow, and glowing lights hint at the warmth within their cosy walls. The cobbled lane, which has appeared in a number of film and television shows, including a 1973 advertisement for Hovis bread, descends steeply from the High Street. On the corner, to the right, the side of the medieval St Peter’s Church is visible, the oldest in Shaftesbury. The church has had an inconstant history, its south aisle being used as a grain store during the Second World War. Gold Hill Museum occupies two buildings opposite. CURLED IN IVY Marieanne Cavaciuti forms…

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elegant vistas in frames of green

IN THE COOL blue light of a winter’s dawn, the single-track road to Silverstone Farm winds through a patchwork of pastureland touched lightly by frost. This is the heart of the Norfolk countryside, home to family-run farms and vast arable estates. Gently undulating expanses of wide-open field and farmland alternate with stands of mature woodland. Tucked into the south-eastern corner of one of these is the home of garden designer and historian, George Carter. Although it sits in an expansive unbridled landscape, the garden itself is structured and formal, offering internal views. Laid out in a grid pattern, it is bound by straight lines and symmetry, its simplicity creating a sense of peace. However, there are some spots of contrast, with informal planting in the heavy clay soil to break up…

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the baroque influence

The Baroque garden style began to appear in Britain during the Stuart era (1603-1714), influenced by continental gardens of the time, particularly French and Dutch. It was royalty, nobility and gentry who instigated the changes, with gardens becoming formal, fancy and vast. The spectacle of Versailles is the most ambitious example, and was influenced by the Italian gardens of the Renaissance, with their avenues, terraces, eye-catching parterres and water features, but on a much grander scale. The aim was to show off the owners’ status. There were often areas to socialise and entertain with plays and concerts, reflecting the Italian tradition of teatro di verzura, or ‘green theatre’. When William III of Orange and Mary Stuart came to power in 1689, they introduced a Dutch take on the Baroque style, which was…

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choosing hedges

George has largely used hornbeam, Carpinus betulus, for hedging, partly because of its historic use and partly because of its adaptability to wet and dry conditions. “I planted 23-35in (60-90cm) plants quite close together, 12-16in (30-40cm), on the theory that this would make them go up rather than out, and this worked very well,” he says. “Hornbeam is a very quick grower and can also be kept quite thin with vigorous pruning. I planted many of the hedges against a stout trellis, partly to give the immediate effect of the finished height of the hedge. In some instances, this has been removed, but in others, where quite precise niches were required, it remains in situ and is visible in winter as an underlying structure.” Hornbeam partially retains its brown foliage in…