Once March’s bluster and April’s showers have faded away, the arrival of May brings a promise of burgeoning warmth and tranquillity. With days lengthening in anticipation of a new season, the countryside beckons to be explored and gardens bloom with gentle colour. The latest issue of LandScape celebrates the best of spring’s final crescendo, from flower-filled fields to lush rolling valleys.
Step into a secluded walled garden, its fresh plants set out in a series of scenes as if part of a theatrical performance. Delight at the quivering canopy of pastel leaf-like bracts draping the branches of the dogwood tree, and create natural, frothy displays of cow parsley for the outdoor table.
Children can enjoy an afternoon filling a wire basket with fragrant herbs or create a summer residence for insects. There are sweet treats to relish this month too, with recipes laced with creamy white chocolate and fruity cream bun treats. Light savoury dishes feature flaky, succulent haddock with its delicate flavour.
The influential past of a hillside town perched above sweeping Welsh countryside is revealed. The picturesque streets, with gaily painted houses, once drew Victorian tourists seeking out its healthy air and natural charm. Learn how an ancient headland has offered protection to a harbour as well as being a haven for wildlife, and why the graceful red kite can be seen in the wide blue skies once more, seeking out its prey.
A lovingly restored tug boat stands out among pleasure craft on a peaceful river, and in a calm mill pond, flag irises are gathered for their dye to make silk ribbons. Colour and water are also in abundance in a textile artist’s vibrant collages of coastal scenes.
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