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Landscape Magazine Spring 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... OPENING THE KITCHEN window on a fresh spring morning, birdsong fills the air. It is easy to imagine that they are singing purely for joy. But, of course, they are not. Instead they are busy finding mates and defending territory. A letter from one of our readers about putting out cat hair for the birds to use for nesting reminded me of brushing my Labrador outside one spring day. He had particularly soft hair and as I brushed him, I realised a line of sparrows were sitting on the house guttering. As each tuft of hair was released to float away, a bird would fly down and catch it, presumably taking it to line its nest. It was a lovely thought that a generation of local sparrows were hatching out…

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star letter

Fur-lined nests for baby birds After reading about birds lining their nests in ‘Our LandScape’ (Mar/Apr 2016 issue), I wanted to tell you about our late big fluffy cat, Poppy. When I used to brush him, I would save the ginger hair. Then at the first signs of spring, I put the hair into an empty fat ball feeder cage and hung it out in our garden. I would then watch it being collected by nesting birds. When I cleaned out the nest boxes at the end of the season, it was lovely to see Poppy’s hair lining the blue tit nests. The two birds in the photograph are from one of those boxes. Sadly Poppy died, aged 17, two years ago. We now have two shih tzu dogs, however, whose…

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readers’ letters

Figures in flint Following your article on the flint waller (Mar/Apr 2016 issue), I thought I’d send you a photo of the home I grew up in, sadly no longer standing. It was a public house, The Royal Oak, in Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire. The figures picked out against the flint were called Adam and Eve. Viv Evans, Oxfordshire Ringing around the world I was interested to read about Taylor’s bell foundry in Loughborough (Jan/Feb 2016) close to where we live. The firm made the bells of Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand. Taylor’s cast the original bells in 1881. In the 2011 earthquake, the cathedral tower was destroyed and the bells were buried in tons of rubble. All were badly chipped and one was cracked. The bells were returned to Taylor’s and repaired. The cracked…

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our landscape

SCENTS OF SPRING Now is the time that the home is filled with scent and colour from spring-flowering plants. Densely packed flower spikes of hyacinth impart a sweet, lingering smell. Partnered with white allium, a spray of yellow hyacinth blooms wrapped with a pair of leaves and secured with twine makes an attractive place setting. A ribbon with each person’s name written upon it completes the arrangement. NATURAL DISGUISE As the weather begins to get warmer, the brightly coloured marmalade fly, Episyrphus balteatus, can be seen visiting spring flowers. Widespread across the British Isles, this common hoverfly has a double-barred abdominal pattern. These markings are intended to offer protection against predators such as birds, which think it is a wasp. It is, however, harmless. The marmalade fly feeds on nectar, particularly from flat-topped…

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the gentle touch

DOWN A COUNTRY lane, past wooded glades and heathland, sits a garden brimming with unfurling foliage and pristine spring flowers. In the crystal clear sunlight of early morning, a myriad of tulips shimmer from beds and borders. All are carefully colour-themed and blended with ornamental grasses, burgeoning perennials and evergreen shrubs. Furzelea, a Victorian house, lies outside the village of Danbury, Essex, on a south-facing hillside. As one of the highest points in the county, the incline is regularly brushed by cold easterly winds. The surrounding woodland, however, forms a natural shelter-belt that allows tender plants to survive winter. The soil is a mix of sand and clay that, combined with the typically low rainfall of this area, creates dry conditions. As a result, regular mulches of compost are needed to…

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the easter wind flower

AS SPRING SUNSHINE warms the air, tiny nodding, velvety buds open to reveal captivating, cupped flowers with a silky sheen. These sun-loving little plants are pulsatilla, the Easter or pasque flower. Flowering for up to six weeks from early spring, the British native Pulsatilla vulgaris is among the first herbaceous perennials to bloom. Shades range from lavender to purple, red to shell pink, white or yellow. They thrive in borders, rock gardens or troughs. Feathery foliage emerges from the base, followed by distinctive, downy buds resting on a rosette of leaves. The entire plant is covered in soft, silvery hairs. Each solitary bud is held facing upwards on a felted stem between 4-8in (10-20cm) tall. Opening gradually, goblet or bell-shaped flowers are revealed that are furry on the outside, and silky within.…