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Landscape Magazine May/June 2015

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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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader... A WARM ZEPHYR WIND blows gently across my garden bringing with it the sounds and scents of early summer. Birdsong fills the air, accompanied by the deep humming of bees going about their tasks. Spring’s blues and yellows are slowly making way for summer’s rich tones in the flower garden. The first day of May has long been seen as a symbol of the fruitfulness of nature. Its arrival brings a feeling of wellbeing. Days are bright and fine, the shorter nights cloaked in velvet stillness. Gentle showers of rain are welcomed as they water the myriad plants putting out their leaves and flowers. Early mornings are fresh and peaceful, the ideal time for a pre-breakfast walk. Stepping out into a meadow filled with buttercups and dandelions is an unalloyed pleasure.…

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our landscape

SAVOURING THE OUTDOORS Packing up a simple picnic on a bright, early summer morning allows for a full day of outdoor exploration. Foods that travel well, such as homemade Scotch eggs, are ideal choices for picnics. To make: 4 eggs are simmered in a pan of salted boiling water for 7 mins 30 secs. They are lifted out and left to cool. The shells are removed and the eggs are set aside. 300g pork sausagemeat is mixed with 1 tsp crushed black pepper, 140g shredded cooked ham, 25g stuffing mix and 1 tsp each of chopped sage, thyme and parsley. The mixture is divided into 4 balls and pressed as flat as possible. Each cooked egg is lightly dusted with plain flour before being wrapped in one of the pieces of flattened…

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a radiant tapestry

six weeks. They require little pruning. “I grow it because it has amazing flowers, but it’s the least scented rose in the garden,” says Louise. There is also the highly fragrant, crimson, double-flowered rose ‘Rose de Rescht’. An old Portland Rose, another category of rose, it was introduced in approximately 1840 and grows to 3ft (1m). Portland roses are repeat-flowering hybrids of Gallica and autumn roses. They are named after an 18th century Duchess of Portland. “They are among the most scented I grow,” says Louise. “It’s a lovely old rose, both tough and reliable.” Blend of white and pinks The gravel path links through another wirework gate and archway. It leads out onto the Crab Apple Lawn with beds of white and soft pastel-flowered roses. This section of the garden was…

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blooms in abundance

SITTING IN THE South Downs National Park is 12 acres of chalk farmland filled with 30,000 roses. This part of the picturesque Hampshire countryside is home to Rosebie Morton’s rose farm. Known as the Rose Paddock, it lies within a family farm, where Rosebie’s husband Murph grows arable crops and keeps sheep. “We were looking for something else to diversify into and I had the idea of supplying scented roses for cut flowers,” she says. “My mother always had scented roses in her garden. I got frustrated not being able to buy them. People had forgotten that the beauty of a rose is as much about its scent as how it looks.” Small beginnings In 1998 Rosebie began with 60 bushes of highly scented roses in the farmhouse garden. Initially, these were not…

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the garden in... may and june

PICTURE PERFECT. A still May morning, lush new shoots abound in every shade of green. Dew spangles scalloped-leaved aquilegias and silvered pools gather among soft-fingered lupins. It is almost possible to hear the buds unfurling to the accompaniment of the multi-layered soundscape of birdsong. Dancing irises Now is the time that Iris sibirica is in its element. The rich purple flowers dance among the fine upright leaves in May and June. Its foliage gives other plants a subtle backdrop against which to shine until late autumn. I value them so much that I have irises in the main cream/blue border, in the woodbed and along the stream bank. That also shows how adaptable they can be to sun and shade as well as different levels of moisture in the soil. The flower shapes…

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planning and pruning

Now is the time to start planning summer planting schemes. I have been poring over catalogues, seeking inspiration among the plug plants on offer in the hope of creating a vivid summer display in the south-facing raised beds. The colour palette I have chosen is purple, orange and pink. My squash, courgettes, beans and sweetcorn will be planted out into the new raised vegetable beds in late May. The abundance of May’s first flush of flowers and foliage will be pruned back to let June’s show commence. I will also Chelsea chop sedums and asters in a bid to control rampant flowering. This type of garden maintenance is so called because it takes place at the same time as the eponymous flower show. I will be trying to pre-empt capsid bug damage by…