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Landscape Magazine May 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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dear reader...

WATER WILL ALWAYS attract wildlife, and it is certainly true in my garden. I do not have a pond, but living near a lake means water-loving visitors are never far away. The house martins have already arrived. Tell-tale signs give away their presence: blobs of watery mud are scattered over the doormat and along the garden path. They are nesting over the back door again, so every trip into the garden involves a quick check and a swift step to avoid anything falling from the growing nest. Once in the garden, my amphibian friends are never far away. Moving a pot or watering the plants invariably results in a surprised guest jumping out, startled by my disturbance of its shady home. My collection of hostas, with their large leathery leaves, is a favourite hiding…

1 minuti
covid-19 information

In the event of difficulties acquiring this magazine in the imminent future, LandScape will do its best to ensure issues will still be available on digital platforms. If readers are unable to locate the magazine or are confined to home, please consider downloading the app from the iOS or Android app stores. There are some superb one-off subscription offers in place, with discounts of up to 50 per cent. Alternatively, single issues can be purchased. Kindle Fire users can download magazines from the Amazon Newsstand. In the event of subscription deliveries being affected, please visit, where clear updates will be given in due course.…

4 minuti
readers’ letters

Rekindled memories of cream teas Seeing the article on Periwinkle Cottage Tea Rooms in the February issue brought back many happy memories of times spent in and around Selworthy. Many years ago, we were regular visitors to the tea rooms and the church. I have been buying LandScape magazine for many years now and enjoy all the features, especially when they are showing places I have visited. Betty Smith, Bristol Gift from nature worth waiting for I collected some amaryllis seed approximately 8 years ago, and here it is in first bloom since I planted it. It was well worth the wait, as you can see. Ginny Jackson, Gloucestershire Inspirational pages to savour My daughter gave me a subscription to the beautiful LandScape magazine for Christmas. It travels across the lonely sea and arrives on my doorstep…

3 minuti
our landscape

NATURE’S HEALER During late spring and early summer, the flowers of Symphytum officinale, or common comfrey, unfurl gracefully from the bud in shades of fuchsia-pink, mauve, cream and milky-white. An invasive, clumping perennial, it is often found in moist, grassy habitats, such as riverbanks, hedgerows or damp woodland, where there is organically rich soil to help them thrive. Over the centuries, it has been cultivated for its medicinal properties; the leaves and roots used as a poultice to treat bruises, sprains and bone fractures. This has earned its common names, boneset and knitbone. Though it can be foraged for its taste, caution should be taken, as it contains small quantities of toxic alkaloid, which can affect the liver. BLOOMS DEDICATED TO INSPIRING WOMEN This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the lives of 30 influential…

9 minuti
clouds of colour in an untamed garden

NESTLING IN A chalk valley in Wiltshire is a romantic, wild garden held gently within undulating borders of cotoneaster and beech hedging. The fields beyond are filled with grasses and wild flowers, drifting away towards nearby hills. With the arrival of spring, everything here is beginning to fizz with life. The garden at Manor Farm is the hidden gem of James and Charlotte Williams. Despite its informal appearance, it is cleverly managed, not only because of the exquisite natural planting, but also due to the skill of maintaining the garden within the time constraints of a busy, working family. James and Charlotte bought the property in 2000. Its 300 acres of farmland are typical of the county, with a tapestry of green and gold rolling fields. Above, the vast, dramatic sky…

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plants for may colour

Feather reed grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ This looks good all year round and holds its structure right up until late February, when it is cut down, just before the new growth starts. It is a clump-forming perennial grass, with arching leaves and upright bronze panicles. Height 36in (90cm); spread 20in (50cm). Bronze fennel, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ An upright perennial; beautifully airy, with feathery foliage, which is a brownish purple when young, turning to a grey-green. In summer, there are umbellifers of tiny yellow flowers, followed by attractive seedheads in autumn. Height 6ft (1.8m); spread 40in (1m). Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ A perennial which forms a large clump of greyish foliage and spikes of tiny blue flowers loved by bees and butterflies. James considers it a must for a wildlife garden. Height and spread…