During August, summer is at its most mellow, with each day promising warmth and colour, all the more precious as the season rolls towards its close. This month’s issue of LandScape makes the most of the enduring sunshine with places waiting to be explored, vibrant plants to enjoy, crafts inspired by the beauty of flowers and tantalising juicy fruit dishes for the table.
Step among the purple heathers woven into a living tapestry in a garden thriving on the steep sides of a former quarry. Delight at the gangly blooms of honeysuckle emanating heady perfume into the evening air as it weaves its tendrils through the hedges.
Also to be admired on walks through the countryside are the iridescent wings of Britain’s most prolific butterfly, creating flashes of delicate blue as it flits among the grasses. Gather bright golden buttons of tansy to create glorious outdoor displays and extend the season’s colour by planting hanging baskets with shimmering foliage.
Serve up the ripest summer produce in tangy tarts and sweet, juicy puddings and enhance a corner of the room with a lampshade dressed in pretty ribbons. Visit a pottery inspired by blousy blooms from its own borders and have fun with the children making charming woodland friends from petals and card.
There is plenty to discover further afield too, from glistening treasure buried in the riverbed to ancient roadside markers, the relics of a bygone era of travel. The remnants of the industrial age are revealed along a picturesque trail through the peaks and pastures of rural Derbyshire and a wild marshland town known for its salt reveals historic links to boat building and battlefields steeped in legend.
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