category_outlined / Home & Garden
Landscape MagazineLandscape Magazine

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.

United Kingdom
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
SPECIAL: Save 40% on your subscription!
£4.02(Incl. tax)
£25£15(Incl. tax)
7 Issues


access_time1 min.
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…

access_time1 min.
star letter

Capturing wildlifeMy wife Margaret’s hobby is to take wildlife photographs and we act as a team. She photographs and I upload the images to her website. I also help spot the subjects. Having been interested in natural history since I was a boy, I am able to suggest where and when to look for particular subjects and, when found, how it might react. This allows Margaret to get into position. This is one of her shots of a wood mouse in our garden.Brian Holland, by email ■…

access_time4 min.
readers’ letters

Brightening the gloomHere 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 emailA dish of praiseThe 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 cookingI have never bought cookery magazines, choosing LandScape…

access_time3 min.
our landscape

ICING OF FROSTFlowers 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 BEAUTYAuthor Dave Hamilton roved across the whole of Britain…

access_time5 min.
secret valley cloaked in white

The petals look like drops of milk, giving the flower its scientific name, Galanthus nivalis . Gala means millk in Greek.The pedicel stands proud above the snowdrops’ pure white petals. The stems rise 6in above the ground.The road that accesses the valley is closed throughout February, but there are numerous ways to explore it on foot via waymarked paths.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…

access_time8 min.
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…