Nasturtiums are now in bloom outside, despite the rain. This one is pot planted outside the veranda and is slowly winding its’ way over pieces of driftwood, stone and Herb Robert.
Our lives are full of clutter. A garden is a retreat and a permaculture garden is a perfect, food-bearing retreat, created for almost no money investment…just time and an opening of the senses. Plants like London Pride, featured here, are so very easy to transplant from snippets and cuttings.
Chives this morning in the vegetable garden, but these have been planted all over the gardens and are great visuals.
The long-flowering Columbine growing in the vegetable garden…a good Bee and pollinator insect attractant.
Density of planting…the essence of permaculture. From the fruit and vegetable garden this morning.
Flowers on the Comfrey plants…time to cut and mulch…great food for plants!
Blackcurrants ripening in the sun this morning. Writing this a short time later, the sun has gone back into hiding!
Plums on one of the many fruit trees at Bealtaine this morning…a good harvest is promised!
The many Apple trees are growing heavy with fruit.
Rain has helped the Gunnera on the north bank really grow tall this year. The weather is usually quite dry around this growing time and this particular Gunnera Manicata tends to remain quite small in comparison to the mother plant near the lower pond.
These Sedums were planted into this old fountain last year and have spread to fill out the space. Sedums are ideal for planting into living or green roofs.
Valerian and Arabica are beginning to make a splash of colour by the veranda. The Roses just keep on giving…growing in 2 tyres, no less! I feed them with a chicken manure tea every week.
Valerian and Arabica make a good contrast when grown together and as they are perennials, are well able to take care of themselves!
Valerian growing along the west gable wall of the cottage today.