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Landscape Magazine July - August 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...

A PICNIC, WHETHER ON the beach, moorland, or in a sunny wood, is a quintessentially summer activity. There is something very British about throwing a rug on a patch of grass and spreading out a feast.Of course, the feast varies from family to family. Most of my childhood memories of meals outdoors are of ham sandwiches, a packet of crisps, a piece of my mother’s homemade cake and orange juice to drink. Beach picnics invariably meant sand in the sandwiches, while ones taken in the countryside often involved rescuing drowning flies from cold drinks.Today, I prefer to picnic in the garden. There is less far to carry things, and if I forget something essential, such as glasses, which I invariably do, it is no problem to pop back in the…

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Celebrating with flowersI wondered if you would be interested in seeing the cake I decorated for my daughter’s country wedding. She didn’t want a formal cake and asked if I would paint it, illustrating all the well-loved flowers in our garden. I used powdered edible food colours mixed with a little vodka. It was a bit tricky, and any mistakes have to be disguised as ladybirds or yet another butterfly. It took three days of patience to accomplish and was eaten in a trice.Marion Perkins, by email ■…

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readers’ letters

A special childhood place to playI was delighted to read the article on Warley Place in your Spring 2017 issue. Although I have lived in Somerset for more than 40 years, I was born and brought up in nearby Warley, and my family knew the couple who lived in the gatehouse at Warley Place. I often played there as a child and was shown around the walled garden, which I remember being full of magnolias with fritillaries underneath. The whole place had that ‘secret’ feel about it and was really exciting to a child of 11 years old. Thank you for bringing back so many lovely memories of the 1950s for me.Janet Haselup, by emailHelp these wonderful horsesI am writing to see if any of your readers can help the…

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our landscape

A COOLING BATHBirds need water for both drinking and bathing, but in warm, dry summers this can be hard to find. Garden birdbaths are a simple way of providing this vital fluid. Essentially a dish, the RSPB recommends that a good birdbath has shallow sloping sides with water that varies from 1-4in (2.5-10cms) deep. This will allow different birds to bathe safely. A rough surface prevents them from slipping. It should be sturdy, but light enough to be easy to clean and refill. This should be done regularly, removing any build-up of algae, dead leaves or bird droppings. The bath should be sited in a place where the birds will be safe. They should have clear visibility, but also bushes nearby to provide cover if necessary.For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk.…

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scented seas in blue, purple and white

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grappenhall’ with Lavandula angustifolia ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Little Lady’. They grow happily in terracotta pots surrounded by grit-enhanced compost.A pollinator bee on nectar-rich, long-flowered L. x intermedia ‘Sussex’.Spikes of up to 1½in (4cm) long deep purple Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’.MIDSUMMER BRINGS DRIFTS of lavender into full bloom, a sea of slender stems holding dainty florets high above mounds of silvery leaves. Poised on elegant stems, a myriad of flowerheads ripple in the breeze, ebbing and flowing in waves of blue, purple and white. Brushing past releases an intense floral fragrance suffused with herbal notes, redolent of balmy summer days.Prized since ancient times for both therapeutic and decorative qualities, hardy lavenders are versatile evergreen shrubs that suit most sunny garden situations. The majority of garden lavenders are either forms of…

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water-encircled harmony

Owners Charles and Lynda Tucker take a break in the kitchen garden.SUNRISE ON A still summer’s day. In a sheltered corner of North Norfolk, seven miles from the coast, sheep graze sleepily on dewy pastureland. A heron swoops over glassy water in search of eel or fish. The moated garden at Hindringham Hall is stirring into life. Borders in the formal garden catch the slanted rays of the sun as it glances past. On the far side of the moat, they illuminate a weeping willow and bog garden. Surrounded by the moat, a Tudor house sits, built with stone and flint acquired from monasteries dissolved in the 16th century by Henry VIII.The effect is that of a beautiful idyll, albeit one which has been hard won and lovingly cultivated. Lynda…