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Landscape Magazine January - February 2018

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 TURN OF the year is always an exciting time. It is impossible not to look forward and wonder what the next 12 months will bring. Here at LandScape, there are exciting developments, as this year the magazine is going monthly. Now there will be 12 opportunities to enjoy our mix of gardening, crafts, cookery, history and heritage. At the same time, the depth of the writing and the quality of photography and design will remain unchanged. We hope you will enjoy being able to read LandScape more frequently. In our busy lives, it can only be good to have a reason to stop and relax, to enjoy the beautiful countryside, rich traditions and heritage of Britain. On a personal level, I have no intention of making any formal new year’s resolutions.…

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readers’ letters

Added twist to an arrangement I really enjoyed your article on the Sussex florist Georgia Miles and her garden bouquets (Sept/Oct 2017 issue). She particularly favours twisted stems in her floral arrangements, which reminded me of some astrantias growing in my garden. They have to fight among other flowers to be seen, hence their twisted stems, so I have rehomed them in this pot. Barbara Boyd, Lincolnshire Book is brought to life I have been reading Summer in February by Jonathan Smith, chosen by our book club. Imagine my surprise turning the pages of LandScape (Sept/Oct 2017 issue) to find a section devoted to Dedham Vale, which provided the inspiration for the works of artists Alfred Munnings and John Constable. Munnings is one of the central characters in the book, and it was interesting…

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our landscape

SKIPPING ON THE SHORE Shrove Tuesday in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is celebrated with a unique tradition: skipping. Skipping Day, as it is locally known, is believed to have originated in the early 1900s. Then, servants and workers would enjoy a day of holiday on the beach while the promenade was lined with tradesmen selling toys and games for children and adults alike. Another suggestion is that its origin is tied to the fishing industry. Fishermen would sort their nets on the shore and pass any unsuitable for use to children to play with. People of all ages still gather on the foreshore to skip together after the ringing of the Pancake Bell. In another long-standing tradition, this is rung at noon, signalling the time to start making pancakes. One account of…

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a hillside romance

ON MISTY WINTER mornings, the valley below Church Farm Cottage is shrouded in a white mantle of cloud, the pale sun watering the sky. Hidden in the mist are lines of hedges, bare trees and the undulating hillside beyond over Blackmoor Vale, south to Blandford in Dorset. This is Hardy country. The neighbouring village of Marnhull, or Marlott as the author re-named it, forms the setting for the opening of Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Thomas Hardy describes the fields down in the valley as, “mere paddocks, so reduced that from this height their hedgerows appear a network of dark green threads overspreading the paler green of the grass”. It was the view of this romantic countryside that enraptured Chris and Annie Stanford 26 years ago, encouraging them to move from a house…

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flush of rich perfume

ON A FROSTY, sunlit morning in winter, there is a glow in the garden border. Neat clusters of small, trumpet-shaped pink flowers exude a heady, sweet perfume into the still air. This is Viburnum x bodnantense , a tall shrub whose bare, woody stems are covered with sweetly scented blooms. It brings a welcome burst of rich colour to the garden in the coldest months of the year. This lovely shrub may have flowers early to late winter, depending on the temperatures. In a mild winter, flushes of blooms may start in November. If the winter is cold, however, the buds do not develop, and there will be little colour until a mild spell. If the season is particularly cold, all the buds wait until spring to open, giving a contracted…

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the garden in... january and february

“Your green and pencil’d blossoms, trembling, wave. Ah! ye soft, transient, children of the ground,”Charlotte Smith, ’Snowdrops’ “Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings, And a staunch old heart has he. How closely he twineth, how tight he clings, To his friend the huge Oak Tree!”Charles Dickens, ‘The Ivy Green’ AS THE DAYS become slowly lighter, my impatience grows, and I begin to feel cooped up inside. So, coat and boots on, it’s time to take a tour of the garden, greet the first flowers of the new year and appreciate the winter stalwarts. Firstly, it’s down the Himalayas, a long raised border, and, to be honest, a bit of a mixed bag of nationalities. A few scented whiskers of flower have emerged in the low hedge of evergreen Sarcococca…