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Landscape Magazine April 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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THE PHRASE ‘APRIL SHOWERS’ is commonplace and is believed to have its roots in an English proverb dating back to the 1800s. Yet, surprisingly, although rain can be sudden and heavy, April is often one of the driest months, with warm spring days to be savoured. It is one of my favourite times to be in the garden: ripe tulip buds sway in the breeze, and tiny serrated leaves dance on the pendulous branches of the birch tree. Everything here is bursting into growth, including the lawn. The wet winter shows itself in areas of springy green moss, and a few dandelions have opened their yellow faces to the sky. Large patches of clover form irregular cushions of dark green; their trifoliate leaves pushing back the grass. As I survey the assorted…

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star letter

Turning back the years I was fascinated by the article on the Teddy Bear and Doll Hospital in the December edition of LandScape. I have a 67-year-old bear who was definitely showing his age: lack of hair and loss of weight. He is not of any great value, apart from sentimental. The article spurred me on to try to refurbish him myself. Having recently undertaken two needle felting workshops, I took my courage in both hands and began to work on restoring my teddy, using a bag of toy stuffing, linen thread and some wool tops. The original fabric was so thin that it ripped in a couple of places as I pushed new stuffing in: however, undeterred, I carried on. Once he was re-stuffed, I stitched him up, and his…

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readers’ letters

Cake with style and substance What a wonderful cake your pear, chocolate and almond one was in the November issue. It looked spectacular with the whole pears baked in it and tasted even better. I made it, using gluten-free flour, when I hosted our book club meeting and had a great response. I am looking forward to trying some of the January recipes ready for the next meeting. Sue Armstrong, Shropshire Boxing clever for inspiration Usually, I am prepared for a visit from the grandchildren in the school holidays, but with it being a busy Christmas and new year, I did not have the chance to prepare. So, when I picked up the February issue, I was instantly drawn to the Moonlight in a Box article. We raided the cupboards and craft boxes, and…

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our landscape

POCKETS OF SUNSHINE Emerging in spring, the oxlip, Primula elatior , is a herbaceous perennial in the family Primulaceae, most commonly found in open woodland. Often confused with cowslips and primroses, it was thought to be a hybrid until 1842, when botanist Henry Doubleday observed notable differences, which led him to carry out breeding tests. He sent his findings to Charles Darwin, who confirmed that the oxlip was a true species. Cowslips are deeper in shade, with a distinct apricot smell, while oxlips are slightly larger, with pale yellow, almost luminous blossoms that arise above a delicate rosette of ovate, mid green leaves. Their distribution is confined to Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In 2002, it was voted the county flower of Suffolk. COLOUR IN A FLASH Rediscovered on a Dorset heathland in 1980,…

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garden of curiosities

PEMBROKESHIRE IN APRIL hums with life as the rich flora and fauna of this coastal county in South West Wales responds to rising temperatures and lengthening days. Ferns uncurl their newly minted fronds in the hedgerows, among violets, celandines and stitchwort; bluebells lift dark stems, hung with buds, through the pale blue starry flowers of spring squills on high, rocky cliffs. Breeding birds are busy everywhere, including puffins, guillemots and red-legged choughs, on sea cliffs and inshore islands, and ravens, skylarks and stonechats on the moorland, heath and grassland that stretches inland. The dawn chorus is loud and long lasting. At Dyffryn Fernant, near Fishguard, Christina Shand and her husband, David Allum, listen for the sound of the cuckoo and eagerly await the return of the swallows that nest year…

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christina’s planting tips for boggy soil

Marsh spurge, Euphorbia palustris A bushy herbaceous perennial that grows to approximately 3ft (90cm) and produces a big clump of acid-green foliage in spring. “It goes really well with primulas and kingcups, and doesn’t seed around,” says Christina. “In autumn, the leaves turn yellow and orange.” Primula candelabra hybrids Herbaceous perennials, with a rosette of leaves at the base and upright stems bearing tiered whorls of flowers in shades of pink, orange and purple. “They can seed themselves around beautifully and have a slightly airy feel to them,” says Christina. Height up to 40in (1m). Arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica Herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial, with erect, glossy, green, arrow-shaped leaves to 16in (40cm) and funnel-shaped white spathes, with yellow spadices. Christina recommends this plant because it can take really wet conditions, looks rather exotic and has…