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Landscape Magazine May - June 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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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader... I HEARD MY FIRST nightingale sing in May two years ago. Standing in a wood a few miles from our Cambridgeshire offices in the late evening, listening to the liquid notes, I was entranced. All around was still and quiet, as if the other woodland creatures were as mesmerised as I was. Nearly all birdsong is beautiful, but there is something special about the nightingale’s virtuoso performance. There is only a brief window, from May to early June, in which to hear this rich run of trills and repeated phrases. Last year the weather stopped me getting back to the wood. This year I am determined to go again, to once again stand under the trees and marvel. Closer to home, the birdsong in my garden is now underscored by a…

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readers’ letters

Star Letter Path to perfection Having always longed for a traditional hexagonal brick path, we drew inspiration from your article ‘Paving the Way’ (Nov/Dec 2015 issue). We’re delighted with the results. We live in a 300-year-old cottage and the path looks like it has always been here. Admittedly the photos don’t fully do it justice as we are waiting for it all to settle before reseeding the grass either side, but thank you for such an inspiring article. I’d always been rather daunted by the idea, but your step-by-step guide was a huge help. Oh, and the cats heartily approve as you can see. Siobhan Lancaster, Devon Enhancing fabric This is one of my fabric paintings that I’ve embellished with freestyle machine embroidery. I often use hand embroidery and beads. At the moment, I am…

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our landscape

LIQUID SONG OF AN ELUSIVE BIRD The plain brown appearance of the nightingale belies its glorious voice. From its perch in dense cover, these inconspicuous birds are difficult to spot. But their beautiful song, heard day or night, well deserves its renown. Comprised of flowing notes from low to high, the quicksilver performance is full of whistles and trills. After arriving from sub-Saharan Africa in April, males will sing through May and into June to attract a mate, who goes on to lay 2-5 eggs per clutch. Most of the UK population is found in the South East, in Sussex, Kent, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. COOL DAY’S CATCH Handmade by traditionally trained craftsmen, this willow fishing creel is used to keep the day’s catch cool. It is the work of The Somerset Willow…

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beauty in abundance

ON A WORCESTERSHIRE hilltop, sheep graze while the golden haze of oilseed rape shimmers in the warm sunshine of early summer. A winding lane weaves through a haphazard patchwork of fields and ancient hedgerows. Just visible from it are cascades of roses encircling a half-acre cottage garden, where thriving borders create a living embroidery of colour. Highfield Cottage lies between the hamlets of King’s Green, Wichenford and Martley. At the mercy of scavenging south-westerly winds and bitingly cold easterlies, it is surrounded by a dense windbreak of trees and hedges. Both the shelterbelt and picket gates are vital to secure the boundaries. They keep out straying farm animals, as well as the occasional muntjac deer. Inside the hedges’ protective cocoon, the plot is a true English cottage garden. An abundance of roses…

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creation of the natural garden

IN FRONT OF a thatched cob cottage a profusion of plants flourish. Feathery, bright-green carrot tufts, frothy lady’s mantle and purple lavender border a narrow path. Cabbages, peas, runner beans, potatoes and plenty of herbs grow in every space. A bay tree stands as high as the eaves. Clematis spreads about the ground beneath and through its branches as well. Scented, old-fashioned roses flower profusely beside the door before climbing up and along the front. Purple foxgloves, orange pot-marigolds and blue-and-white columbines have self-seeded throughout. Tall spires of pink hollyhocks, blue delphiniums and monkshood tower over red peonies and sweet Williams. Pink carnations nestle among clumps of daisies, chamomile, iris, narcissi, cowslips and lilies. Love-in-a-mist, borage and pansies poke up between the larger plants and vegetables with gay abandon. Hens and…

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gentle grace