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Landscape Magazine July 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...

ONE OF THE things I love to indulge in is pottering about. Taking time to immerse myself in simple engagements is a soothing end to a busy day. Warm July evenings, when the heat of the day has concentrated into long shadows and golden light, are the perfect time for such leisurely pursuits. Intending only to take a brief stroll into the garden, I find myself studying which flowers have opened that day or if any have faded beyond their best. I spy a plucky weed popping its head up somewhere it shouldn’t be. Soon, snips in hand, I’m meandering from plant to plant removing the papery spent blooms. My benevolent mood leaves the weed where it grows. Immersed in my task, time melts away. Soon an hour has passed unnoticed, and any…

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Freshening up with flowers I am always captivated by the colourful images of flowers that grace the pages of LandScape, so much so that I hate to dispose of it or give it away once I have read it. It was these wonderful images that inspired me to create my latest project. Over the past few years, I have insisted, to my husband’s dismay, in keeping an old washbasin, convinced it could be converted into a decorative garden feature. LandScape inspired me to combine my creativity and love of gardening, using the washbasin as a permanent canvas for its wonderful images. I will now be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers all year round. They do not even need to be watered. Ann Huxley, Shropshire…

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readers’ letters

A more natural package I love receiving LandScape through my letterbox and cannot help but wonder whether the plastic wrappers that the magazines come in are going to be replaced? How about a biodegradable envelope sown with seeds for planting instead? Ali Germain, Dorset Window to the outdoors I love LandScape magazine; the beautiful images and wonderful articles just make me want to get out in the spring sunshine. Norman O’Rourke, via Facebook Comforting companion I thought you would like to see this young chap I knitted following your sheep cushion pattern in the March issue, earlier this year. It is admired by my family and friends and has pride of place in my cosy fireside chair. Jeanette Jefferson, North Yorkshire More issues to fill the gaps I was so happy to learn that LandScape had become a monthly magazine:…

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our landscape

DISCOVERING A DELICATE BEAUTY The damselfly is one of the most common and beautiful sights of summer. In the UK, there are approximately 20 different species in various shades of blue, green and red. Though it looks similar to the dragonfly, the damselfly can be easily identified from a few simple observations. Firstly, the damselfly is small and a comparatively weak flier, rarely seen far from water. Dragonflies, on the other hand, are generally large, powerful fliers, often spotted in meadows and fields. The damselfly’s eyes are also spaced far apart on either side of the head, whereas the dragonfly’s touch at the top of the head. When at rest, the damselfly folds its wings down the back, with the exception of the emerald damselfly, which arranges them at an angle,…

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a plot with purpose

A WINDING LANE SWEEPS through a patchwork of fertile farmland and hedgerows in the Norfolk countryside into the tiny village of Rougham. Discreetly tucked behind the imposing bulk of a 19th century Methodist chapel is a scarcely noticeable cottage. In late July, an overflowing border of shrubs and flowers, and a bright flash of blue door and sunny yellow leopard plant may just catch the corner of the eye. However, it is only when the little wooden picket gate into the back garden is pushed open that the world of Chapel Cottage is revealed. Cottage and garden lie on the Rougham Estate, a tract of countryside owned by the North family. They are notable in the horticultural world for the Victorian amateur botanist and painter, Marianne North. In the mid 19th…

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drops of colour

IN THE BRILLIANCE of the garden, as summer heads towards its peak, one group of flowers sparkles with an intensity that sets its blooms apart. These are shrubby salvias, tidy little bushes lavishly embellished with a myriad of tiny, gem-like flowers in shades of amethyst, garnet, topaz or opal. Starting early in the season, the flowers shine radiantly through summer hazes and autumn mists until subdued by a dusting of frost. Originating largely from Mexico and the southernmost states of North America, today’s shrubby salvias fuse the untamed beauty of a wild flower with the skill of modern breeders, who are producing hybrids in a tremendous range of colours and appearance. Forming leafy bushes, ranging from knee-high to just over 3ft (1m), these perennials and shrubs not only make an invaluable…