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Landscape Magazine November/December 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... AS LOW SUN lights the countryside and the late autumn chill frosts the air, I retreat indoors to sit by the warmth of an open fire. This is the time of year when I start making things again. Often it is Christmas presents for friends and family, so I can give them something unique. It may be something as simple as a knitted scarf, but the time and thought that goes into it is always appreciated. This year, among other things, I have made the clootie rug we feature on page 72. This is a rag rug with a difference, as it is knotted rather than made on a fabric base. It gets its name from the Scottish for a strip or piece of cloth and creates a lovely, thick…

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star letter

Summer of memories It’s been a busy summer working on our allotment so my four-year-old granddaughter Maisie May and I decided to take time out to make a scarecrow to watch over our rhubarb patch. This is the second year she has been helping me and I hope she will continue to be as enthusiastic as she is now about gardening and growing her own food. However, if she decides one day she would rather do something else, we will still have the memory of a lovely summer’s day on the allotment to look back on. Deborah Heaton-King, Hampshire…

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readers’ letters

Magic of the scented wands I decided to make some of the lavender wands featured in the July/August 2015 issue. I have a lavender hedge in my small cottage garden. I harvested some, making sure there was plenty left for the bees, and on a warm evening set to work. It was a joy. The smell of the lavender and the jewel-like colours of the ribbons lifted my spirits, and as my picture shows, the results were very impressive. Carol Langdon, by email Access points for hedgehogs Several hedgehogs visit my garden every night, so I was very interested to see the article ‘A Place to Sleep’ (Sept/Oct 2015 issue) on building a hibernaculum for hedgehogs to overwinter in. It is important that we all do our best to help these wonderful little creatures…

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our landscape

GOLDEN GLOW OF EARLY FOG Now is the time of year when chilly early mornings bring fog, clouds which form at ground level. A commonly encountered form is radiation fog, which occurs when warmer autumn days are followed by clear night skies and little wind. Often occurring in dips and folds close to water, radiation fog forms when heat from the earth rises and meets cooler air in the atmosphere. If there is no wind, the tiny water droplets that form fall as dew. In a gentle breeze, the droplets are lifted up to form a shallow layer of radiation fog. As the rising sun’s rays begin to warm the earth again the ground is slowly heated. The rays reflect off the water droplets, creating a golden glow. Once the temperature…

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winter colour and drama

RICHLY COLOURED STEMS stand out on a frosty day, as fragrant flowers release their glorious scent. Drifts of plants and exposed tree bark create an unfolding drama. It all combines to ensure the Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a place of beauty and excitement throughout the winter months. There has been a Winter Garden here for more than 60 years. Its clever planting and beautiful layout provides inspiration for any gardener wanting to bring colour and vibrancy to their own plot. At just one acre, it covers a small part of the whole 40-acre site, but it is a major attraction in the coldest months of the year. The evergreen hedges that surround it on all sides create a sheltered environment. A gently curving path runs through the middle, with flanks of…

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planning for winter interest and colour

A Brambles with stems in different colours create contrast in a textural, thorny thicket. Ghostly-white Rubus cockburnianus is highlighted against dark maroon, white-blushed R. biflorus. B At the highest point of the garden stands a fine Betula utilis ‘Jermyns’, its gleaming white bark standing out. A path along the back of the bank lets visitors admire its trunk at close quarters. C With their brightly-coloured stems sprouting upwards from pollarded trunks, Salix alba ‘Britzensis’ look like lit torches rising from a sea of Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’. Dark green conifers along the boundary ensure the flame-coloured stems stand out. D Two cornus – red Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ and green C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ – are grown next to each other. The contrast helps highlight how bright and colourful these winter stalwarts are. E A stunning…