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Landscape Magazine Sepetmber/October 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader...AUTUMN IS A wonderful time of year, as the vibrant greens of summer turn slowly but steadily gold and red. There is a rich glow to the world, a feeling of abundance and vibrancy.A stroll along a country lane takes on new pleasure at this time of year. I cannot resist ripe blackberries, the shiny, rich fruits peeping through the hedgerows. Braving the intertwined brambles and purple-stained fingers, I pick them as I walk past. When I spot a place where there is a bumper crop, I plan my return with a container to take advantage of this natural harvest.Once collected, there is the enjoyment of deciding what to make from them. Traditional crumbles, pies and jams are all favourites, particularly when combined with windfall apples and pears.In the…

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star letter

Creating homes for herbsInspired by the variety of pots and planters featured in ‘Spring In A Container’ (Spring 2015 issue), I decided to re-purpose some containers. I gathered together a mismatched collection of crates, troughs and pots, old and new. I treated the wooden crate with Danish oil, and drilled drainage holes in anything that was not originally destined for plants. I’m so proud of my new eclectic herb garden. I don’t think I will ever buy a new container again.Tamsin Jolly, by email ■…

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readers’ letters

Bath time with a differenceWhen my neighbour threw their bath out we rescued it and planted it up. Now it gives us much pleasure. We look at it from our kitchen window, watching the bees it attracts busy collecting the nectar from its flowers.Elizabeth Grint, by emailRemembering grandadThe article concerning trimming long grass using a scythe in the July/August 2015 issue brought back happy memories helping my grandad do this in the 1960s. Although I was not allowed to use the implement, I did rake up the grass. We all lived in Gaydon, Warwickshire. My grandparents lived in a large house at the other end of the village from us and I spent a lot of my time in their orchard and garden. Thank you for jogging my memory.Anthony Worrall,…

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our landscape

EVER-CHANGING SPECTACLEResponding to the gradual shortening of the days, trees are starting to reduce their chlorophyll production. The drop in levels of this green pigment allows other colours present in leaves to show through. These include the yellows of xanthophyll and the orange of carotene. A thin layer of cells grows to stop water entering the leaf from the tree, as it conserves its resources for winter. Glucose produced via the summer process of photosynthesis may still be trapped in the leaf after this happens. It reacts with sunlight to produce anthocyanins, which create striking red shades.Temperature and rainfall affect the colours of autumn leaves. Warm, moist weather in the growing season leads to more pigment in leaves. Sunshine in autumn breaks down chlorophyll more quickly. Both these factors result…

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tiny stars

Their blooms are made up of tiny individual flowers, shown on ‘Matrona’WITH THEIR LARGE domes of tiny, starry flowers, hylotelephium are beautiful stalwarts of the autumn border. Beloved of butterflies and bees, they are hardy, easy to grow and drought-resistant. Even as the flowers fade and become seedheads, their attraction lasts as they turn to shades of brown and copper.These large upright plants are succulents, with fleshy leaves developed to contain water-storing tissue. This helps them thrive in dry soils and full sun. Their common name, ice plant, refers to the fact that the leaves can feel cool to the touch, even in warm weather.Known for many years as sedums, they have been reclassified as hylotelephium in a bid to organise such a large number of plants. However, nurseries will…

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plumes of floating feathers

The view down from the garden gate to the farmhouse, with a carpet of white Persicaria campanulata under an old oak treeGarden owners John and Mary Benger, with dog Tilly, take a moment to enjoy the viewAUTUMN BRINGS SILVER grasses and golden leaves to a Devon garden that tumbles in terraces down the Blackdown Hills near the hamlet of Dalwood. To the south, just seven miles as the crow flies, lies the sea. Below, the gently undulating landscape of the Yarty Valley stretches eastwards as far as the eye can see. Wooded hills, grazed pastures and fertile fields are bounded by ancient hedgerows, a living reminder of the generations of farmers who have worked this land.It is now more than half a century since Mary and John Benger settled at…

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