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Landscape Magazine March 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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MARCH BRINGS A much anticipated palette of uplifting colour, as the subdued greys and browns of winter are painted over with the pastel yellows, pinks and blues of early spring. Bare branches, buds poised throughout winter, will gradually open, their leaves a verdant green that only appears at this time of year. This new growth is familiar, but nevertheless the joy of its arrival and the anticipation of what is to follow never diminishes. During the colder months, I filled the longer evenings making comforting blankets and garments to layer against the chill. My tools were knitting needles and crochet hooks; now, they are my trusty hoe and spade. Passed down from my grandfather, these are sharpened and worn with age, their wooden handles shiny from the pressure of hardworking hands. It…

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Covered in memories Your instructions for the granny square in the Christmas 2017 issue brought back precious memories of my beloved gran who, despite being partially sighted, taught me to knit and crochet during one very cold Christmas school holiday. Shortly after, I embarked on my first blanket, which looked very like the one in your feature. Fifty years on, and many cot blankets and bedcovers later, I finally decided to make one for our own bed, utilising wool saved from years of knitting and yarn recycled from unpicked hand-knits. The result now serves as our cosy winter bedspread. Meryl Harding, Norfolk…

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readers’ letters

Message for the garden I gave a friend two lines of the poem Ode to Autumn featured in a recent issue of LandScape. She proceeded to write the quotation on a piece of slate with flowers surrounding it, which I have displayed in my garden. “And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease”. Janet Bennett, Leicestershire Fireside feasting rekindled An article in the November/December 2017 issue took me right back to the 1950s. In winter, we would sit in front of the coal fire and cook dough on sticks, which we called dampers. The boys would whittle the bark to make pointed ends, which we would then hold over the fire. A dash of butter and sour cheese were then pushed into the dough while it…

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our landscape

FIRST LIGHT Hundreds of tiny white blossoms emerge in early spring on the bare, thorny branches of blackthorn. These prolific flowers are a common sight in hedgerows and along field edges, the spiky branches often being used as a natural cattle-proof barrier. As one of the earliest blossoms to appear, the multitudes of flowers provide an important source of pollen for foraging spring bees. Foliage arrives later and is itself a food source for many caterpillars, including those of the Brimstone moth and Brown Hairstreak butterfly. With its dark spiny wood and contrasting bright flowers, blackthorn has a traditional association with the cycles of life and death. Because of this, it is often used in the Celtic celebration of Imbolc, welcoming the beginning of spring. SECRETS OF THE WILDCAT A dark-ringed bushy tail, tiger-like…

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natural allure

AS THE EARLY spring garden slowly awakens, delicate blooms emerge to display their hidden treasures. Among the unfurling foliage, species tulips open to greet the gentle sun, revealing inner markings at the base of lustrous petals in a cocktail of colours. Shades of wine-red, purple or violet, gold, cream and white shine out in beds, borders, rockeries and pots. Some are intoxicatingly fragrant, others brilliantly colourful. Originating from the wild, species tulips retain a simple, refined beauty, the way nature intended. Dozens of different species grow across the steppes and mountainous regions of Central Asia. They were first introduced to Europe from Turkey in the 16th century. Here, they were destined to become the ancestors of the spectacular garden hybrids that dominate spring displays. These dazzle for a season but seldom…

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first buds of spring

SITTING COMFORTABLY AMIDST the fields of rural Somerset is a garden filled with the first green brushstrokes of early spring. Rising out of frost-covered ground, it displays the delicate tracery of new green leaves and gently coloured flowers. From drifts of baby-pink cherry blossom and waxed camellia blooms to the low, glancing light across the orchards and the wild primroses crowded beneath, everything revels in the new season. Built in 1870, today, Westbrook House stands in 4 acres of beds and borders, orchards and floral meadows, roses and herbs. From formal box hedging to a grassy orchard filled with spring bulbs, the garden reflects the owners’ triumph over the wet soil, which comprises silt on heavy clay. Garden designer Keith Anderson and his partner David Mendel bought the house in May 2003,…