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Landscape Magazine May 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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dear reader...

MAY IS AN enticing month, offering enough warmth to spend whole days outdoors. I often wake early, eager to enjoy every minute of the longer days, now bringing more than 16 hours of sunlight. My favourite walk is along the river near my home, watching the familiar routines of mallards as they dabble along the banks, now with ducklings following along in a neatly spaced line. I smile at the sporadic movements of young moorhens as they skit across the water, responding to the characteristic squeak of their mother’s call. Until now, I could be sure of spotting a kingfisher, its cyan and orange plumage bright against a muted backdrop. But as the burgeoning riverbanks obscure my view, with the sharp growth of irises and protective clumps of reeds, sightings are…

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readers’ letters

Star Letter Satisfying alternative While looking after my two little boys recovering from chickenpox, we decided to make a cake. Having no eggs in the house and being unable to venture out, we needed an eggless cake. Luckily, my March 2018 issue of LandScape had arrived, and one of the recipes looked more than tempting. Since we did not have sufficient raisins in the cupboard, we used a variety of dried fruits, including apricots, dates, cranberries and chopped orange and lemon peel left over from the Christmas mincemeat recipe. We even substituted the tea bags for Earl Grey. The result: a lovely moist, fruity cake. We ate it while it was still warm, with butter melting down our fingers. Beccy, Ben and Matthew Wheeler, via email Cottages evoke memories I have knitted variations of the…

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our landscape

IMPRESSIONS OF NATURE Napkins hand-stamped with a fern motif give an outdoor place setting a fresh touch and are simple to make. Thick fabric, such as linen, is ideal. The napkins are firstly spread flat on the table. Ferns with a distinct outline are placed on a piece of old newspaper and painted over lightly with acrylic paint. To remove any excess, they are first pressed on a piece of scrap paper, before being gently pressed onto the napkin. A dry brush is used to push down delicate fronds and capture the details. After being left to dry, the napkins are rolled up, tied with coloured string and set in wine glasses. PLANTS FOR THE BEES This colourful print shows all 23 species of bumblebee found in Britain, surrounded by illustrations of the…

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serenity in a bold setting

LEAVING BEHIND THE misty meadows and leafy spinneys of the Lavant Valley in West Sussex, a single lane arrives abruptly at an old wooden door set into a high brick-and-flint wall. Hidden behind the door, a flagstone path leads into a serene and secluded garden, alive with the colours and scents of late spring. Overlooked by an 18th century cottage, this garden is especially sheltered; enclosed within ancient walls, clematis or ivy-clad fences, mature trees and topiary giants which part to allow glimpses of the South Downs. Small but with great presence, this fifth-of-an-acre garden has a sense of theatre about it, and no more so than at dawn. Then, shafts of sunlight illuminate a stone column rising from a tangle of wildflowers, the rays breaking through a leafy canopy to…

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ruffled canopy

FLUTTERING LIKE A myriad of moths, dainty flowering bracts quiver in the May breeze above an elegant tracery of branches. As the warmer weather arrives, a captivating dogwood billows in shades of cream, pink, white and ghostly greens. Blooming from late spring into summer, it illuminates shady glades or basks in dappled sunlight. This attractive tree is Cornus kousa . Deciduous, it can reach approximately 23ft (7m) tall, spreading to 15ft (4.5m). Its many cultivars range from 8ft (2.5m) to 33ft (10m) tall for a fully mature specimen. They are, however, slow-growing, taking several decades to reach full height. The sizes of individual cultivars vary from compact ‘Snowboy’, 8ft (2.5m), to the magnificent, prolific ‘Milky Way’, 30ft (9m). With age, they tend to spread to more than 16ft (5m), the branches…

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the garden in... may

“Lily of the valley, thou very well dost tally With my notion of a modest, gentle maid. Thy delicate bell-cluster may lack in grandeur’s lustre, Yet thou in true beauty art arrayed.” Thomas Cowherd, ‘Song To The Lily Of The Valley’ MAY ANNOUNCES ITS arrival with grumbles of thunder accompanied by dramatic violet-grey skies. In my mind’s eye, I recall other Mays. The intense, almost too intense, smoky blueness of an immense Ceanothus in full flower in a park, dramatically illuminated by a shaft of sun against a looming cloud. In Bath, pale lilacs backlit against a dark sky. A fractious wind loosing petals, sending them swirling along the street to gather in drifts of cherry pink, cream horse chestnut and yellow laburnum. Ephemeral, beautiful May. “While from the purpling east departs…