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Landscape Magazine March - April 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader... EVERY YEAR AS spring approaches, I am filled with anticipation. After months of looking at a wet, frosty or snowy garden through the windows, I can now get out and walk round. The question I need an answer to is will my camellia be covered in red blooms? An old plant, it flowers only intermittently. For each year of beautiful flowers, I endure three or four of nothing. I know my gardening friends and colleagues would have no qualms about discarding this old plant. But somehow, I always feel sorry for it and so it survives. I can only hope this will be another year when it will delight me. One thing I do know will be putting on a brave show are the daffodils. They never fail to create…

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star letter

LandScape to the rescue As a LandScape subscriber, I cut out the articles on craftspeople featured each issue. I use the subsequent file for inspiration to help me find gifts that are bit different. At Christmas, my daughter couldn’t think of what to get her dad. I remembered the feature on Edradour whisky (Christmas 2015) and suggested that this would be a good present for him. When she wrapped the bottle up, she enclosed the feature on the distillery. My husband loved it as he thought it was really interested to know more about the origin of his present. He also said it was the smoothest whisky he had tasted. Lynda Robertson, North Yorkshire…

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readers’ letters

Distilling a work of art I was delighted to read the article about the Edradour Distillery (Christmas 2015). My husband and I visited it in 2008. We drove into Pitlochry then up through the woods to Edradour. As we came out of the woods, the view of the white-painted distillery was simply beautiful. We had a fascinating tour with a wonderful tasting session at the end of the day. The visit was made even more enjoyable by the exuberant tour manager of the time, the slightly strange smells and the happy-looking workers. We enjoyed the explanations of how it all comes together and finding out just how knowledgeable and skilful the stillman needs to be. It made us realise what a work of art it is to produce such a wonderful single…

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our landscape

IN CELEBRATION OF A SAINT On 1 March, celebrations take place across Wales in honour of the country’s patron saint. St David lived in the 6th century, and was canonised in 1120. Little is known of his life, but he is thought to have travelled widely in Wales and Cornwall, and possibly even to Jerusalem. He became an archbishop and founded St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. Today, to mark his name day, girls and women don traditional Welsh dress of red shawls and black chimney hats. Two of Wales’ national emblems, the daffodil and leek, are used as colourful accessories during the celebrations. MARCH HARES Jewellery maker Sharon Dickinson hand-cast this hare brooch from fine English pewter in her Lincolnshire studio. It is decorated with etched oak leaves and acorns. An antique agate…

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waves of sunshine

A DRIFT OF RADIANT yellow daffodils spreads across a lawn, their massed ranks a bright reminder that spring is on its way. At a time when most leaves and buds are still tightly furled, these golden-headed beauties are a warmly anticipated sight. Distinctive, beautiful and often fragrant, daffodils have a long flowering season. Different varieties bloom from late winter until well into April. Most are extremely resilient, surviving frost or flood to hold their heads high, whatever the weather. There are countless forms, colourings and sizes of these versatile plants. They can be naturalised in grass or under trees, used to edge streams and paths or bring colour to beds and borders. Small varieties are equally at home in rockeries, alpine troughs or containers. With daffodils to suit almost every garden situation,…

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naturalising daffodils in drifts

If planting a large number of bulbs to naturalise: • The quickest method involves two people. One uses a bulb planting tool to make the hole and the other follows behind dropping bulbs into each hole and covering with turf. • Alternatively, for massed planting, a 12in (30cm) square of turf is dug out to a depth of no less than 6in (15cm). Five, seven or nine bulbs are spaced in each hole, before the turf is replaced. • After flowering, the grass is left unmown for six weeks to allow the leaves to replenish the bulbs. • If flowering diminishes, it is likely the clumps are congested and require dividing. After flowering, well-established clumps are teased free of the earth using a fork. They are gently split, removing any damaged bulbs, while leaving…

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