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Landscape Magazine July - August 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... WALKING IN THE countryside one morning recently, a magpie landed in front of me. Without thinking, I greeted it with “good morning Mr Magpie”. It was only afterwards that I started to wonder why I did. A conversation with friends revealed that most of them did the same, with few having any inkling as to why. Research revealed that this is an ancient custom, prompted by a belief that it is unlucky to see a single magpie. Hence the old rhyme “one for sorrow, two for joy”. In many places, the salutation is completed by asking after the magpie’s wife. This not only shows respect, but also implies he is not solitary and therefore not unlucky. Why was a solitary magpie deemed to be unlucky? The reason is lost in the…

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readers’ letters

Picture of contentment Inspired by photographs in LandScape, I have painted two portraits of people featured in the magazine. One is of Mark Zenick, who runs New Hope Gardens featured in the July/August 2015 issue (above). The other is from this year’s January/February issue, Joan and Cliff Curtis from South Lincolnshire. They all looked so contented in the photographs, I just had to paint them! Kathleen Powell, Worcestershire Sounds of summer Driving through our village in the sunshine, the open car windows offered a series of aural snapshots of the season. I heard a lawnmower buzzing, snatches of children’s voices at play and snippets of birdsong. To me it is true that there are no words more beautiful than ‘summer afternoon’ Simon Leatherhead, by email Journey into the wild I was fascinated to read the feature about…

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our landscape

TURNING INSIDE OUT Setting up a day bed in a sheltered space blurs the lines between inside and outside once warmer weather arrives. Cushions and light throws are used to create a comfortable space for relaxing or reading. A makeshift table is made from an easily moved woven crate. CAST IN SILVER Jewellery maker Stacey Smith uses real shells to create moulds for her fine silver charms. As a result, each piece is unique. This turkey wing ark shell charm was handmade on her narrowboat, moored at Isleham, Cambridgeshire. She has collected shells since childhood and especially loves the beaches at Southwold, on the East Coast, and at Blackpool, Lancashire. Silver shell charm £35, www.oink-design.co.uk PLOUGHING TR ADITION On the third Sunday of August, children living on South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands take part in…

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wild and natural

IN THE MAZE of lazy, winding lanes that criss-cross the rich farmland of rural Dorset sits a garden designed to encourage native British wildlife. It nestles between fields of lush grassland stocked with cattle, surrounded by country hedges wild with hazels and blackberries. An ancient copse is home to owls, woodpeckers and treecreepers. The garden, Sticky Wicket, was created by Pam Lewis and her late husband Peter. Former farmers, they moved here from Hampshire, “with no money and no idea what we would do”. However, they knew they wanted to give something back to the environment they had benefited from in their farming life. Pam was influenced by a 1962 work, Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, that documented the effects of pesticides on the environment. She was determined that her garden…

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pam’s tips for growing wild flowers

• Wildflowers do best where soil fertility is minimal, as found on downland, for example. • Limestone or gravel are ideal substrates. • Only seeds of certified British provenance should be sown. Even better are those that have been sourced locally and responsibly. • Autumn sowing is usually more successful than spring sowing. • Vigorous grasses are usually too competitive for all but the most robust of wild flowers. • Yellow rattle (left) is a semi-parasitic plant that can depress the growth of grasses. This gives the wildflowers an advantage. • The use of chemical fertilisers and herbicides is avoided. • Mowing is necessary at least annually, always removing the cut grass, which forms a damaging mulch if left to decompose. • A few areas are left uncut for overwintering insect larvae and seed for birds. • Unwanted vegetation…

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meadow riches

Photography: Flora press; living4media; Shutterstock; GAP Photos…