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Landscape Magazine January - February 2016

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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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader... THE NEW YEAR has arrived and with it winter’s frosts and snow, ideal conditions for a brisk walk. Not only is it exhilarating to stride along through a landscape bathed in white, breath misting in the cold air, but it is also the perfect excuse to indulge in a mug of rich hot chocolate or home-made soup on my return. Then, as daylight wanes, an evening in front of the fire beckons. This is the time of year when I use the evenings to finish all the projects that were put on hold as I made Christmas presents. A visit to the wool shop results, as always, in me being unable to resist some of the many yarns filling its shelves. I succumb to the temptation of soft wools in…

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readers’ letters

Brightening the gloom Here is my garden, looking beautiful in the fading light of a winter’s day. Such a sight is the perfect cure for the winter blues. That, a good walk and a read of LandScape magazine. The fresh air blows away the cobwebs and warms me up, and your magazine restores my energy, shining a bright light on gloomy days. Deborah Fulford, by email A dish of praise The Nov/Dec 2015 issue featured butternut squash dishes, of which I have tried one so far. The roast squash with the mix of goat’s cheese and pomegranate was lovely. It was praised all round. I have already torn out the page and added it to my collection of best recipes. Sandy McCarthy, by email Getting hooked on cooking I have never bought cookery magazines, choosing LandScape instead…

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our landscape

ICING OF FROST Flowers of common ivy, Hedera helix , grow in globular clusters called umbels, with all the stalks originating from a single point. These late flowers stay on the plant through the winter, adding to the beauty of the garden when coated with frost. Ivy has two distinct kinds of foliage, juvenile and adult. Juvenile leaves are those seen in the creeping or early climbing stages. These young evergreen leaves have three to nine lobes and are up to 6in (15cm) long, depending on the variety. Later, unlobed adult leaves, coated with fine, fuzzy hairs, develop as the plant achieves height and stability. The juvenile leaves are more likely to be damaged by hard frost, but the plant usually regenerates. DERELICT BEAUTY Author Dave Hamilton roved across the whole of Britain to…

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secret valley cloaked in white

IN THE HEART of Exmoor lies a hidden valley that comes to life at one of the darkest times of the year, as it fills with a shimmering cascade of diminutive white flowers. For just four weeks in February, this special place opens to visitors who flock to see its carpet of beautiful snowdrops. The flowers tumble down the valley sides and cover the ground on either side of the River Avill. The valley lies less than a mile north of the hamlet of Wheddon Cross, near Cutcombe in Somerset. It provides the perfect conditions for snowdrops. They thrive in the partial shade and nutrient-rich soil of deciduous woodland. The water that runs through it keeps the soil preferably moist. The River Avill rises on the eastern slopes of Dunkery Beacon,…

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the importance of cold

UNDER ITS SEASONAL covering of snow or frost, the winter garden appears dead and lifeless. Brave splashes of colour come from witch hazels, viburnums and a few other shrubs. But the majority of the garden seems to be sleeping, waiting for the warmer weather and longer daylight hours. This is an illusion. The garden never sleeps, and all winter there are subtle but vital changes taking place. Under the soil, the cold is working its magic on seeds, bulbs and roots. Even the chill winds have a role to play to ensure flowers and fruits appear later in the year. Without the winter cold, gardens would be less beautiful in the summer. A period of cold weather is essential to many plants and crops. Without it, some would struggle to grow at…

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golden stars

GLOWING WITH A haze of golden colour, a small tree lights up the late winter garden. Clusters of spidery flowers burst from bare stems, creating a cloud of billowing yellow. At a time when most plants are dormant, leafless and flowerless, Cornus mas makes a real impact in the garden. Its small flowers, approximately 1/6in (5-10mm) in diameter, are produced in umbels of 10 to 25, appearing on the dark brown branches well before the leaves. Each flower has four yellow sword-shaped petals growing in a star shape. These flowers are a source of nectar for early pollen-gathering insects. A member of the dogwood family Cornaceae, it grows as a freestanding small tree, shrub, or informal flowering hedge, reaching an ultimate height of between 8-13ft (2.5-4m). Growing at a gentle, steady rate,…