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Landscape Magazine March 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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NOTHING PROCLAIMS THE arrival of spring like a daffodil. With brazen yellow flowers held high on rigid stems, they trumpet their entrance without apology. The sight of the first flower is much anticipated, so any trip into the garden always includes a quick check for the appearance of buds. Of course, the slender, glaucous leaves poke through the ground long before any flowers appear. It has become a family tradition to pick a clump of leaves as a guess at which will flower first. Names are written on long sticks, and everyone stakes a claim by plunging one into the ground next to their chosen clump. There is much discussion over which to choose: one cluster gets the most sun; another flowered first last year; the clump near the fence has…

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Recipes for all the family My 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, enjoyed making pork meatballs from the recipe in the November 2019 issue. Jasmine thought the safety goggles would be a great idea to prevent her crying while chopping onions. We also made a crumble with blackberries picked from nearby hedgerows by my eldest daughter, Beau, on a dog walk with her Dad, who also picked a huge number of sloes to make sloe gin to take out on shoot days. He is currently experimenting with fermenting the sloes in hollowed-out marrows. The magazine has been an annual gift for the last few years from my dear Mum, who sadly died earlier this year. A true country lady, full of fun and interesting anecdotes, I always think of her when my copy lands…

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readers’ letters

Greetings from the wild I painted this picture from a photograph in LandScape, using acrylic paints, and I won 1st prize at a local show. I was so happy with the picture, I decided to add festive trimmings and use it for my Christmas cards. I really enjoy the magazine and love the different-themed articles. Jan Williams, Kent Bold and beautiful I have been a subscriber to LandScape now for many years and always look forward to seeing all the amazing craft ideas every month. I was delighted with the article in the December 2019 issue on wreath making. The hydrangeas in my garden were particularly good this year, so I thought I would have a go using these and some of the greenery from my garden. I have never made anything like this…

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our landscape

BRISTLING IN PINK Covering riversides, stream banks and damp woodland, butterbur, Petasites hybridus, appears in early spring, with pale, densely-packed flowers, blushed in mulberry-pink. Each flowering spike has several inflorescences clustered around the stem and can reach a height of 15in (40cm). The plant’s botanical name derives from the Greek word ‘petasos’, meaning ‘broad-brimmed felt hat’; referring to its large, heart-shaped leaves, appearing after the flowers. Its common name also attributes to the traditional use of the leaves to wrap butter in warm weather. A great source of nectar, bees particularly benefit from its early blooms when other wild flowers are sparse. DROPS OF SPRING A clutch of trumpet daffodils nestle within a golden teardrop-shaped rim to create delicate earrings. Handmade in a resin mixture, the flowers are intricately hand painted in hardwearing…

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colour sweeps in

EARLY AFTERNOON ON a bright March day, and Patricia Elkington is out inspecting her garden at Little Court, in the quiet Hampshire village of Crawley. She works her way over the closely-mown lawn, past the wide flower beds, towards a lilac-hued ocean created by thousands of crocuses blooming below the still-bare branches of an apple tree. She is tailed by a flock of free-range bantams, let out from their coop in the vegetable garden. They are led by Mrs B, a small but intelligent 10-year-old black hen at the top of the pecking order. The hens love to sneak into the Victorian conservatory for a little extra food and warmth at this time of the year. Although south-westerly breezes blow across the Hampshire Downs towards the property, the south-facing, 3-acre garden…

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patricia’s advice for spring gardening

• Bulbs propagate themselves by seed, corm and tuber, so will increase in number once planted. Big clumps of snowdrops, crocuses and aconites can be divided to make new plants after flowering has taken place. • “Start small,” says Patricia. “It only takes one packet to introduce colourful spring bulbs to the garden. Planting a variety of species will ensure a succession of colour that lasts from February to May.” • “To avoid a ‘dotty’ look around the garden, single varieties of bulb should be planted in drifts,” says Patricia. The carpets of lavender-blue Crocus tommasinianus at Little Court are a spectacular example of this. • Aconites have lovely foliage and, when planted under deciduous trees, will help push out weeds. • To ensure the good health of hellebores, dead and damaged leaves should…