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 / Home & Garden
Landscape Magazine

Landscape Magazine June 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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2 min.
dear reader...

AS SPRING BLOSSOMS into summer, I feel an irresistible draw to visit the coast. A few days away relishing the season’s early warmth feels both indulgent and restorative. This is a tradition which started in childhood, when we would ago away for a short family holiday in June every year to the same village in South Devon. The journey was part of the magic. An old boat tied to the top of the car, like an upturned shell, acted as carrier for our tent and basic needs for the week. Progress was slow, but we delighted in the familiar markers along the way. As the roads became narrower and the hedges taller, we imagined it was our own secret route to a land of whitewashed cottages, clotted cream and salty lips. As soon as…

4 min.
readers’ letters

Star Letter Inspired by owls I often help out at Craft Club in our local primary school in St Helens, Isle of Wight. The headmistress, Miss Jane Loader, subscribes to your magazine and is always on the lookout for new projects for the children to get involved with. I thought you would like to see the children’s knitted owls and owl pictures, inspired by the Sept/Oct 2017 issue. The children, ranging from age six to 10, have really enjoyed making these and are looking forward to the next craft activity. Rosemary Walker, Isle of Wight Replicating April blooms We regularly read LandScape magazine and find it to be full of interesting features, stories and beautiful photography. The cover of the April edition inspired me to pick up my watercolours and create this painting, which I…

3 min.
our landscape

BATHED IN BLUE Springing up in tufts on coastal grasslands and cliff edges, sheep’s bit, Jasione montana , can be seen at its best from June until August. This hardy, low-growing flower is commonly spotted in Cornwall and Wales alongside pink thrift and butter-yellow gorse. The semi-spherical heads are made up of a multitude of five-petalled florets, in shades of faded blue. Rich in nectar, they are frequently visited by bees and butterflies. They are also favoured by sheep, from which they take their common name. Sheep’s bit can be mistaken for devil’s bit scabious as they look similar, but the former is smaller, and tends to grow in very different conditions. Whereas devil’s bit scabious is often found in damp marshes and moorland, sheep’s bit prefers full sunshine and the…

10 min.
garden wrapped in coastal beauty

NESTLING INTO THE eastern bank of the Exe estuary, on a small bluff, is a remarkable coastal garden. It sits at the end of a quiet Devon lane lined with tall hedges and is largely shielded by trees and shrubs, sculpted by the prevailing south-westerly winds. At intervals, gaps in the shelter reveal glorious views of the tidal waters, mud flats, whirling seagulls and the distant Haldon Hills. The estuary is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a conservation area famous for its wading birds. “I love the way you can tell the seasons are changing by the migrating birds,” says Jackie Michelmore. She is the creator of the garden at The Lookout. Summer is heralded by black-tailed godwits and swans with cygnets in tow, glimpsed from within the two-acre…

1 min.
plants for coastal gardens

Plants which thrive in coastal gardens up to a mile from the sea need to be robust to cope with a battering from strong winds. They should also be able to withstand salt spray with the minimum of leaf scorching. Before introducing new planting, a screen of trees and shrubs are developed. Once established, a seaside garden can become home to a variety of plants. They include: • Hedging plants, for creating windbreaks, such as Griselinia littoralis, Euonymus japonicus and oleaster ‘Quicksilver’, a deciduous shrub with fragrant, creamy summer flowers. Fuchsia magellanica creates a more informal look. • Evergreen trees that cope with exposure to salty winds, including European black pine and the Holm oak. Deciduous trees can be planted to form an inner line of defence, such as Acer platanoides and…

9 min.
ripples of stately bells

A GENTLY HUMMING BUMBLEBEE disappears into a nodding tubular flower rising above a border. On an early summer day, it is a sight to savour. Flushed with rich colour and delicately speckled, the foxglove is a plant synonymous with the quintessential English country garden. The flowers possess a timeless beauty, as natural as it is exquisite. Once summer is gone, there is a yearning to see this popular bloom again and again. For Terry Baker, of The Botanic Nursery in Wiltshire, every foxglove season is savoured. He has held the National Collection of foxgloves for more than 30 years and holds a ‘foxglove week’ at his two-acre nursery every year. Visitors can walk among the plants and enjoy the delights and diversity of this much-loved flower. The common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is…