As temperatures begin to rise and the promise of summer hangs in the air, the countryside gradually becomes cloaked in vibrant hues. Whether it is the unfurling rainbow petal of a bearded iris or the red and gold livery of a flamboyant vintage fairground roundabout, the May / June issue of LandScape is a visual feast of colour. There are juicy desserts oozing with vivid berry juices and a hawkmoth with brilliant pink striped wings to rival any flower.
A family-run herb nursery, enwrapped by a sheltering wall to capture the warmth of the sun, releases delicate scents from a myriad of plants. Closer to home, outdoor spaces are filled with the spicy fragrance of cut sweet Williams. Their dense flowerheads of crimson and purple bring yet more bolts of colour to enjoy.
In the kitchen, the salty sweetness of ham adds piquancy to early summer suppers, and the creamy richness of butter enhances a variety of mouth-watering bakes. Summery craft ideas include a natural pebble doorstop, allowing the sunlight to flow indoors, and a miniature bog garden planted in an old tin bath to display plants of differing shades and sizes.
Warmer days present an ideal time to explore the dazzling chalk white horses and ancient stone circles of the Wiltshire downlands. And on more rugged terrain, we take a look at the enduring appeal of hardy Fell ponies on the hillsides of Cumbria. A step back in time takes readers to a lovingly recreated medieval garden, and the eerie beauty of decaying river vessels is captured along the banks of a once-busy waterway.
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