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Landscape Magazine February 2020

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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A FEW YEARS AGO, I was given a handsome old sewing machine. Its shape is elegant, with the weight and finish of something that has been made to last. Sitting like a trophy in my dining room, it has prompted many admiring comments. But, despite its splendour, it is a functional item; yet I have never used it. I always choose its modern counterpart; a machine that is easy to thread and simple to use, but which has no joy in its construction. It was not made by skilled and caring hands. Its form is not celebrated with a glossy coat of black paint, nor does it have a proud golden badge telling of its provenance. So, on a grey Sunday afternoon, I decide to give it a try. Under a little door…

3 minuti
readers’ letters

Bake proves impossible to resist We love LandScape magazine, and we so enjoyed the Dundee cake recipe featured in the November issue. It was excellent, although I must confess we started eating it after only one week. Robert Jubb, Cornwall Joyful memories of childhood I subscribed to your magazine after reading it in my dentist’s surgery and kept wondering if I dared ask to borrow it, as there was never time to read it all. I have loved all the issues, but the joy I am getting from the December issue is immeasurable. I was brought up in Yorkshire, in the days when it really did snow in winter. The photos of frost-enhanced gardens and snowy fields made me look through the pages time and time again. Then, to come back to seeing wonderful…

3 minuti
our landscape

A HEALTHY START The lambing season runs from February to April. During winter lambing, the pasture that sheep normally graze on is dormant, which leads to ewes spending more time in the protection of barnyard areas, where they feed on hay and grain. As lambing approaches, farmers will increase the nutrient density of the feed, which helps in the production of colostrum; a thick, rich milk, which the ewe produces after birth. If the ewe is unable to do this, farmers can use bought-in colostrum, which is fed to the lambs from a bottle. The newborns should be turned outdoors as soon as possible to climatise. Depending on the weather conditions and how healthy the lambs are, this can be as soon as 12 hours after birth. BEACON OF SILVER Working from her…

11 minuti
the plant collector’s garden

WINDING SLOWLY ROUND the hairpin bends which zigzag down the steep western side of the Malvern Hills affords leisurely time to drink in the beauty of this wild moorland and tree-clad landscape on a late February morning. The small parish of Colwall lies at the heart of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; an unexpected location for the century-old The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries, which occupy a flattish, broad terrace midway down the descent. The garden is concealed from the curving road, tucked behind mixed hedges, which blend with and complement mature and indigenous trees in the outlying landscape. Its whereabouts are given away by the unmistakable structure of the nursery’s rustic, corrugated-roofed potting shed just outside the garden’s entrance. Adjacent is the working greenhouse, together with benches…

1 minuti
ross and helen’s favourite winter plants

Iris histrioides – ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ has arresting, rich blue flowers, and while it is only 4in (10cm) tall, its clumps can stretch a good 12in (30cm) across. “It’s shorter than most reticulata irises, but its wide falls create bags of colourful impact,” says Helen. Galanthus ‘Seagull’ – A collector’s snowdrop, which, while not particularly tall at 8-10in (20-25cm), holds itself up well. “The big, bold, stand-out white flowerheads have a strong green marking on the inner petals that ensure they get noticed in the winter garden,” says Ross. Crocus angustifolius ‘Bronze Beauty’ – This forms attractive, significant clumps, 4in (10cm) tall. It is saturated in rich, golden colour and flowers over a long period. Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Winter Moonbeam’ – A short, sturdy hellebore at 8in (20cm), with masses of long-lasting, upward-facing…

6 minuti
winter’s rich carpet

ON A BRIGHT February afternoon, the sky is blue and cloudless. Although there is little warmth in the air, the season will soon begin to lose its icy grip as it makes way for spring. “The brightest hour of unborn Spring, Through the winter wandering, Found, it seems, the halcyon Morn To hoar February born”Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘To Jane: The Invitation’ Gentle rays of sun filter through the skeletal branches of a tree into a garden where a colourful celebration is taking place. Above the white and gold blooms of snowdrops and winter aconites are mounds of vibrant pink and purple winter flowering heather. They are covered so densely in tiny flowers that, in places, the evergreen foliage beneath can scarcely be seen. When colourful thickets of cornus stems begin to be peppered…