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Landscape Magazine September 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...

RETURNING FROM MY summer holiday, I feel a sense of new beginnings. As we move through September, nature echoes my feelings: the harvest is already home, and hedgerow and orchard fruits hang heavy and ripe for picking. Nature’s provisions have been made for the year, and it is time for the cycle to begin once again. Reinvigorated by my break, my mind is full of plans for the coming months. Some are uncomplicated: make chutney with the glut of unripe tomatoes autumn brings and take winter coats from their summer rest and put them back to work. Other plans are more elaborate: learn a new craft and make an early start on knitted gifts for the festive season. They will not all come to fruition, but that does not matter. Dreaming…

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readers’ letters

Garden strung with flowers As I had enjoyed reading my neighbour’s copy of LandScape magazine, my daughter gave me a year’s subscription for my birthday. Inspired by an article in the June 2018 issue, my grandchildren made beautiful paper lanterns to decorate our garden and were then spurred on to fill 20 milk bottles with gorgeous flowers, to hang in the trees and bushes. We have just celebrated our golden wedding anniversary, surrounded by our family and old friends, with a barbecue in the garden, and the decorations were greatly admired. I look forward to receiving my monthly magazine, and I am hoping to visit some of the interesting places featured. Libby Nye, via email Passion for knitting We are extending and decorating our conservatory, so I have been knitting cushion covers to complement…

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our landscape

DRESSED IN SCARLET In September, the pale green leaves of Virginia creeper turn rapidly to a vibrant red. The five-leaved ivy is often seen cloaking old houses or tumbling from high walls in a glory of rich colour. By October, its leaves have fallen, leaving a shaggy coat of brown branches. As well as showing rich autumn colour, the creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, also bears slate-blue berries on bright red stems. Due to its aggressive growth, it can be considered troublesome, but it looks its best when allowed to grow, kept in check with a regular trim. The vigorous vine almost entirely clothes the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont teahouse, a 15th century cottage on the banks of the River Conwy. FRESHNESS FROM THE SEA Stacey Siddons and her partner, Graeme, produce their soap in…

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strands of shimmering light

TUCKED AWAY ON a secluded hillside above the River Wye as it meanders along the border of England and Wales, is Barn House Garden. Surrounded by a landscape steeped in history, it is reached via a labyrinth of narrow country lanes. They wind past traditional hay meadows, studded with wild flowers, and old apple orchards, with gnarled trees encrusted in lichen. It was this natural combination that proved the inspiration for Kate and Hitesh Patel after they settled here, on the outskirts of Brockweir in the Wye Valley, in 2006. “Never mind the nice house, we were looking for the right garden,” explains Kate. After years of moving and living in places with limited outdoor space, they were both keen to find somewhere that allowed them to indulge their love of…

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kate’s tips for planting with grasses

• When planning a new border, setting plants down in pots across the chosen area or plotting the planting positions on graph paper is a particularly helpful exercise. • A massed planting of grasses is much easier to maintain than having plants dotted about a border. A hedge trimmer can be used to cut them back in spring. • For hedges and screens, grasses can be treated in the same way as traditional woody hedging or edging plants. Patterns, such as staggered rows, at a density of 3-7 per 10sq ft (1 sq m), can be used, depending on the desired effect. .For a mixed planting, spacing grasses at half their mature height will allow enough room to show off their shape while still leaving enough space for flowering perennials. •Grasses that are…

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dazzling rays of colour

WITH THEIR REFINED foliage and gleaming flowers, dark-leaved dahlias charm at any time: dewy-eyed and glistening at dawn, radiantly basking in the midday sun or luminous against dusky leaves in the gloaming. Whether in beds, borders or containers, these graceful plants make their presence felt in countless shades of pink, red, gold, lilac or white. Garden dahlias have one of the longest continuous flowering seasons of any plant, starting near to midsummer and lasting until autumn frosts. They are most rewarding to grow, providing they are regularly fed, watered and deadheaded. In return, they add vitality and an unrivalled variety of beautiful flowers, forms and colours at a time when much herbaceous planting is past its best. And, as the days shorten, cultivars with dark-hued foliage inject contrast and drama to perk…