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Landscape Magazine September - October 2017

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...

I AM NOT GOOD at remembering poetry, despite having spent years learning many verses by rote at school. Sadly, only snippets come to mind when I want to impress with my knowledge. One line is never far away at this time of year: the first line of Keats’ ‘To Autumn’. Those words – Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – never fail to evoke memories of childhood walks through crisp fallen leaves, of harvest festivals with their baskets of fruit and vegetables, and of morning chills requiring a coat to be worn again. It is amazing how some words have the ability to transport you to different times and places. Often these can be the most trivial of things. No one could say that having to wear a gabardine to school instead…

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readers’ letters

Bringing a garden beauty to life While looking through the July/Aug 2017 issue at the lovely outdoor flower arrangements, I was inspired to get my watercolour paints out. Sadly, I have no cosmos in my garden, but do have lots of lovely foxgloves. Diane Makevit, by email Growing as a gardener Here is my grandson Ben with his own raised bed full of the herbs and tasty veg that he loves. He also has a mini greenhouse full of tomatoes, peppers and courgettes. Every year, he rears lots of pumpkins ready to share with his friends at Halloween. Each day, whatever the weather, he is straight out in the garden. Tony Harper, Devon True blue of native berries I enjoyed the blueberry recipes in the May/June 2017 issue of LandScape, but I think people are beginning to…

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our landscape

WEAVING IN TRADITION This forager’s basket can be used for collecting eggs, foraging in the woods and hills, or as a shapely twist on the traditional shopping basket. They are handmade by John Cowan in a big shed in the garden at his Lanarkshire home. He researches and creates baskets to traditional designs, often resurrecting styles now lost, but once very familiar to basket makers of the past. Forager’s basket, 12in wide by 10in high £35, www.johncowanbaskets.co.uk WHEN DEER DANCE Once a year, for nearly 800 years, 12 characters, comprising six Deer Men, the Hobby Horse, the Fool, Maid Marian, the Archer and the two Musicians, have been dancing through the Staffordshire town of Abbots Bromley and the surrounding area. Known as the Horn Dance, it is believed to have first been performed at…

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set ting autumn ablaze

TUCKED AWAY DOWN narrow lanes in the undulating farmland of the Essex Suffolk border, a spectacular autumn display can be seen. Sheltered from the north wind by a 20 acre nature reserve of native trees and shrubs, three tree species, acers, nyssas and liquidambars, are competing to see which can display the richest hues in their eight acre garden. From October through to December, they create a canvas splashed with scarlet, cerise and deep reds, punctuated by faded greens and old golds. Screened from the River Stour by muted amber tones of birch trees and a silvery mist of willows, the acers are aglow. The site is home to approximately 50 of these slow-growing, small deciduous trees, with their graceful habit and beautiful foliage. The predominantly wine-dark Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ spreads graceful…

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bold performers

AMONG THE GLOSSY leaves of a dense shrub, spears of vivid red flowerheads stand proud, gently bobbing in the breeze. Fulsome and whiskery, these are the spectacular blooms of Hebe speciosa, which put on a show that lasts well into the autumn months. Its bold appearance is deceptive. This evergreen shrub is a tender plant that thrives in mild weather and sheltered spots. It is particularly suited to warm coastal gardens, as its waxy foliage withstands both wind and salt spray. However, given the right growing conditions, this big, showy beauty is worthy of a place in any garden. There are altogether 100 species of hebe, of which H. speciosa is not only the most dramatic but also the largest. It can reach 5ft (1.5m) high, growing vigorously, with its lush, shiny…

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opulent beauty

“They brought me a quilled, yellow dahlia, Opulent, flaunting. Round gold”Amy Lowell, ‘Autumn’“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”George Eliot Photography: GAP Photos; Flora Press; Richard Faulks…