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Soft­ness of the sea­son

I made this heart-shaped wreath from for­aged Clema­tis vi­talba, oth­er­wise known as old man’s beard, to cel­e­brate the chang­ing of the sea­sons. It takes hun­dreds of in­di­vid­ual stems to cre­ate this fluffy ef­fect. Les­ley Pear­son, Hert­ford­shire

Mother hen is a model mum

Here is Beatrice, our ban­tam hen. Her first eggs hatched this year, and now she has six adorable lit­tle chicks to cluck over. She is such a good mother and makes sure that all her chicks are warm and com­fort­able, safely tucked up un­der her wings each night. Mrs Tina C Vowles, Glouces­ter­shire

Land of plenty to en­joy

Read­ing the travel ar­ti­cles in Land­Scape each month in­spires me to seek out new places to visit. Our an­cient cities are rich in his­tory and re­veal many fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries, and the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side is full of con­trasts wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. It is easy to for­get just what is sit­ting on our doorstep. Jen­nifer Barker, by email

Beach walk mem­o­ries

I was in­spired by the craft sec­tion in Land­Scape mag­a­zine, so had an at­tempt at mak­ing a me­mento from my hol­i­day in Northum­ber­land, us­ing ob­jects I picked up on the beach. I am very pleased with the re­sult. Pippa Mac, via Face­book

Dry­ing freely in the breeze

I was de­lighted to see the pic­ture of a wash­ing line in a re­cent is­sue of Land­Scape. For many years, liv­ing in Scot­land, we had a line across the garden. Even in ten­e­ment blocks there were com­mu­nal lines, which were shared on a daily ba­sis. Now, liv­ing in the warm south, more and more houses are be­ing built with­out the pro­vi­sion of space to dry. Flats and houses alike are sup­plied with dry­ers as stan­dard. Why is this, in the cur­rent cli­mate, when we are sup­posed to be more en­ergy con­scious? Time for a change, I say. There is great joy in watch­ing clean wash­ing blow­ing in the wind; noth­ing to pay, no air fresh­ener needed and pos­si­bly no iron­ing ei­ther. Chris­tine Al­lan, Hamp­shire

Pretty and prac­ti­cal

I do not con­sider my­self a ‘handy’ per­son, but in the July is­sue of Land­Scape, I found some­thing that caught my eye which I fan­cied try­ing. I de­cided to have a go at mak­ing the flut­ter­ing door­way and was pleas­antly sur­prised with the re­sult. There have been no fly­ing in­sects since I hung it up. El­lie Woolf, Hamp­shire

Na­tive blue­bells ring in colour

Our garden in spring is beau­ti­ful, in­clud­ing the masses of blue­bells which we planted. These bloom year on year, but are Span­ish va­ri­eties. On hol­i­day, how­ever, we came across some English va­ri­eties while walking among wood­lands near Roll­right Stones in Ox­ford­shire. Aren’t they lovely? Mar­ian Bythell, Cheshire

A meet­ing of gar­den­ing minds

There was a cel­e­bra­tion of gar­den­ing in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Grim­sthorpe Cas­tle, Lin­colnshire, and I spent the day talk­ing to lots of visi­tors and gar­den­ing en­thu­si­asts. It was a lovely day all round. Deb­bie Cooke, via Face­book

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