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Landscape Magazine January - February 2017

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...

THE SHORTEST DAY is past and days are slowly starting to get longer. There may still be snow to come of course, turning the countryside into a white wonderland. For many of our wild birds, this is a difficult time. Putting out a variety of food can make all the difference for them. And there is a reward, not only in feeling you have helped, but also in watching them feeding. One year I had a family of long-tailed tits who would descend on the feeders en masse, twittering to each other. They were a delight to see as they flitted from feeder to feeder. But even the humblest sparrow is entertaining as it pecks away at a seed feast.On other occasions, I have watched with awe as squirrels work…

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A woodland welcomeLiving near woodland, we have an endless supply for the woodburner. Inspired by the Christmas 2016 edition of LandScape, we made our own ‘Jolly doorkeeper’. We did modify him slightly though, by giving him a face, using screws and screw covers for eyes and nose.Stuart and Mary Horner, Worcestershire ■…

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readers’ letters

New home for more than bugsMy bug house has turned into a hotel. It’s been made out of all the items that we’ve collected while re-landscaping our garden. We’ve recycled our friend’s old roof tiles, waste pipes and old wood along with fir cones collected on our walks. Seashells decorate the top, and in the back is a very large terracotta plant pot so the hedgehogs we have visiting our garden can hibernate this winter. Much to our surprise, we’ve found that our cat has now adopted it as her new top-floor apartment, ideal for her to use in the sun for shade!Rachel Savine, by email Saved surplusAfter a bumper crop from our apple trees, at the end of autumn I made time to lay down some of the excess…

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our landscape

RICH DECAY In the depths of winter, a wood may look bare and still. But the woodland floor is a hive of almost invisible activity, as the carpet of fallen leaves begins to decay. Spreading through it are white, thread-like strands of fungi called hyphae. The main body of a fungus, hyphae draw nourishment from the leaves as they break them down. Growing and spreading, the hyphae form a mat known as mycelium. It is only at this stage that the hyphae become visible to the naked eye when the leaf litter is disturbed. Invertebrates such as slugs, snails and eventually earthworms also play a part in the breakdown of the leaves, as do bacteria. As the dead plant matter is broken down by all this activity, nutrients are returned…

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frost-coated waves

Button-like seedheads of giant scabious, Cephalaria gigantea, stand up to 6ft (1.8m) off the ground.ON A SPARKLING winter’s morning, delicate outlines of seedheads, picked out by frost, are etched against an ethereal mist of grass plumes. A muted but multifaceted palette of gold and fawn tones paints light across the scene. At this time of year, the faded beauty of a prairie garden has a special enchantment. Planted in large, flowing groups, the combination of forms is both intriguing and tranquil.Pensthorpe Millennium Garden is a perfect example of the idea that plants have a beauty that continues even when they die. In the depth of winter, its naturalistic planting style has a singular loveliness, created by soft textures and strong silhouettes. It blends easily with the undulating landscape of the…

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grasses in the garden

Running a rake through evergreen ornamental grasses removes dead leaves.Two garden forks are pushed back to back into clump of miscanthus to divide it.Distinctive foliage and flowers that last well into winter mean that the ornamental grasses of prairie planting are excellent plants for gardens in the colder months. They are remarkably tough and trouble-free, little bothered by pests or diseases. Most do best in a sunny, well-drained spot. They will, however, grow on the majority of sites apart from waterlogged soil or in deep shade. Heavy soil should be improved at planting time by digging in horticultural grit and sand. When planting on light or poor soils, well-rotted manure or compost is added to the planting hole.When to plant: These grasses are broadly grouped into cool- or warm-season. Cool-season…