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Landscape Magazine March - April 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...

MARCH COMES IN like a lion and goes out like a lamb, well at least so the old saying goes. The first part is generally true, with the start of the month often seeing the full gamut of wintry weather with gales, storms and snow. Whether that will have passed by the end of the month is open to question. Of course, March sees both the first day of spring and the clocks going forward, so we are entitled to at least hope for better weather to follow. And with that better weather comes the opportunity to get out and about more. In particular, there is more chance of appreciating what a busy time of year this is for the local bird life. Everywhere I look, the birds are flying to…

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readers’ letters

Cheery Santas raise a smile What do you do with some old fence posts? Make them into Santas! My husband and I had great fun making these, and they certainly brightened up our doorstep on a damp and dismal December afternoon! Every day, one of them got a bit more decoration. We saved them from the woodburner when the decorations came down. Heather Jamieson, North Yorkshire Fresh start to the new year After a very busy 2016, it was a great relief to spend some quiet time at home over the festive period. I took the chance to tackle a few jobs which have been ignored for a while. Firstly, I sorted out my sewing and craft materials, which had rather got out of hand during my last flurry of creativity. Then, I cleared…

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our landscape

VIBRANT COVER The distinctive yellow flowers of common gorse, Ulex europaeus, provide a welcome splash of colour in the early spring countryside. A large, evergreen shrub, it grows wild on open moorland or in coastal regions. As a member of the pea, bean and legume family, this plant can fix nitrogen to nodules on its roots. This enables it to live in areas of poor soil quality. The needle-like leaves help protect it from grazing animals. As well as its attractive colour, gorse provides food and shelter for many insects and birds, including stonechats and yellowhammers. SMOKY TREATS Delicious at any time, the smoked haddock known as Arbroath smokies are especially welcome in the early months of the year. This is a time when storms may affect supplies of fresh fish. Smoked haddock…

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heavenly beauties

“Purple sepals pale and prim, Joined around a tiny rim. Stately stamens standing tall, Pollen grains on anthers small”Loretta Kuse, ‘Hepatica’ HOVERING JUST INCHES above early spring’s bare ground, clusters of delicate, starry-eyed flowers create a heavenly sight. Appearing during the first mild spells of each new year, diminutive hepaticas need just a touch of sunshine to open up their petals, revealing radiant flowers. They glisten like gems in shades of coral pink, sapphire blue or opal white. Leafy and low growing, these perennials have a powerful presence out of all proportion to their tiny size. Flowering for approximately a month, hepaticas are prized for the extraordinary individuality of both their flowers and foliage. Emerging singly on short, sturdy stems, the exquisite flowers range from bowl to star-shaped. They come in doubles…

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clouds of colour and scent awaken

ON THE OUTSKIRTS of the ancient Kentish village of Yalding, a narrow lane leads across the floodplain of the River Medway to the daffodil-flanked drive of a former oast house. This is Parsonage Oasts, the home of Edward and Jennifer Raikes. In spring, the garden erupts into a haze of flowering trees and shrubs. White magnolia and Ribes sanguineum compete and blend with red and pink Japanese quince and camellias. All are under-planted with more than 30 types of daffodil, fritillaria, hellebores, lime green euphorbia and tiny tulips. The early 19th century red brick and timber-clad oast house, originally designed to dry hops, occupies an idyllic position at the water’s edge. There are sweeping views in both directions of the Medway. “The river is a great asset. I like seeing the…

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hedgerow grace

“A day comes in the springtime When Earth puts forth her powers, Casts off the bonds of winter And lights him hence with flowers”Dora Read Goodale, ‘The Chorus’ Photography: Living4media; FloraPress; GAP Photos…