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Landscape Magazine Spring 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...

ALL AROUND IN the countryside, nature is getting on with doing what nature does best at this time of year – creating new life, whether plant, animal, bird or insect.They are all following the natural rhythms of life. Even we humans feel uplifted at this time of year. I find the lighter, longer days, together with a little more sunshine and warmth, all combine to have a positive effect on my view of the world. Going for a walk no longer entails wrapping up from head to toe, with as little flesh showing as possible. Paths are still muddy, but that’s a minor irritation when all around is bright and glowing with sheer newness.Of course there are downsides. The grass suddenly bursts into life and requires regular cutting again. Weeds…

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Bright idea for keepsakesI’ve collected sand from holidays abroad for many years and kept it in labelled antique bottles. I also bring home shells, sharks’ purses, seaweed and small bits of driftwood. I usually display these items around the house, but I was inspired by the Mar/Apr 2017 issue, and the idea of making the shells into small candles delighted me. Now I have an excuse to collect more shells!Sandy McCarthy, by email ■…

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readers’ letters

Giant tree is a sight to beholdI enjoyed the feature ‘Winter’s Silhouettes’ in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, and admired the tree shapes that the Devon artist had captured so strikingly. Here, in Hayling Island, we have an evergreen tree that is much admired. Located in St Mary’s churchyard, this yew tree is 2,000 years old and has a girth of 9m!Jackie Patrick, by email Unique appeal of traditional craftsThe articles on the metal artist and willow weaver in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of LandScape really bring home how beautiful and individual hand-crafted items are. Owning something made by a skilled artisan is so much more desirable than a mass-produced item. People chasing the latest must-have goods may be wise to invest in heritage pieces instead, and keep traditions alive.Edith…

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our landscape

A PROUD TRADITION On the last Saturday in April, the streets of Cardigan, south Wales, come alive with horses and vintage vehicles. Known as Sadwrn Barlys, or Barley Saturday, this celebration of rural life was first held in 1871. Then it saw farmers gather to show off the stallions they were offering at stud. It was also used as a half-yearly hiring fair for farm staff. The name comes from its other purpose as a celebration of the end of the spring sowing season, when barley was the last crop to be sown. It was originally held on the outskirts of the town at Pensarnau Pool, around which the horses would parade. Then, in 1877, the pool was filled in and it moved to the streets of the town. Suspended…

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winged jewels

The coppery petals of Epimedium x warleyense, with its smaller, inner yellow petals, provide a burst of colour above its bright green leaves edged in coppery orange (above left and centre).E. grandiflorum ‘Yubae’ (also known as ‘Roseum’) has sprays of nodding, broadly bell-shaped purplish-pink flowers ¾in (2cm) across in mid-spring (above right).‘Pink Elf’ is a repeat flowering evergreen hybrid epimedium, that has tall racemes of delicate soft pink flowers with reddish centres.“Gorgeous flowerets in the sunlight shining, Blossoms flaunting in the eye of day”Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, ‘Flowers’IN A SHADY border, dainty flowers sparkle in the shafts of light that penetrate the shrub and tree cover. Spidery blooms in pale sulphur yellow, raspberry red and soft orange sway above glossy spring leaves. These are epimediums, their sprays of delicate flowers standing…

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brimming over with beauty

OFF A VILLAGE street deep in the Weald of Kent, a narrow footpath bends between houses. It passes a dense hedge of hawthorn, ash and holly, before finally arriving at a Victorian cottage. A side gate swings open on rusty hinges to reveal a garden brimming over with radiant flowers basking in the spring sunshine. Everywhere the acid green heads of Euphorbia characias wulfenii and Euphorbia polychroma vie with the golds and oranges of tulips and geums.This ¼ acre garden at Brickwall Cottage, Frittenden, is sheltered by hedges and neighbouring gardens. Standing on a gentle hill, the village is enclosed by a patchwork of coppices and fields delineated by ancient hedgerows. The soil is heavy, yellow Wealden clay, but in the cottage’s garden, it is rich and friable. For decades,…