By the time April arrives, with its refreshing showers and warming rays, spring’s green is rapidly carpeting the landscape, rippled with ever brighter colours as early blooms appear. With Easter to celebrate this month, the latest issue of LandScape turns to all things fresh and new, from pretty pastel iced treats to a living picture of plump succulents.
A spread perfect for a holiday gathering includes a light fish terrine, succulent chicken with crisp accompaniments and a fluffy, tangy cheesecake. Chocolate eggs are destined to take second place to a delicious marbled bread drizzled with sticky ganache, made for sharing.
Outside, colour is becoming more evident and, at Ramster Gardens in Surrey, the voluptuous blooms of its huge array of rhododendrons and azaleas are erupting in clouds of vibrant hues. Now is also the time when spring flowering clematis make their presence known; their winged, bell-like sepals scattered through clambering foliage. Anemone blanda is another April beauty, and its intense blue flowers add luminosity to arrangements.
Scenes from nature are brought to life by a skilled artist who creates delicate moving models in copper. And in an ancient mill, handcrafted paper is lovingly produced following an age-old process. Paper is also used to make a layered floral paper decoration with delicately unfurling petals.
Nature is to be enjoyed as the weather brightens, and the Brimstone butterfly can be spotted flitting among the branches, its veined, leaf-like wings merging with the budding leaves. In a Lincolnshire field, a haven for wildlife has been nurtured by a man with a passion for trees, and the dramatic peaks and sparkling waters of Dovedale are waiting to be explored as spring reveals its treasures.
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