Images on the First Morning of Lughnasa

1 Aug

bealtaine Cottage windowThe first day of Celtic Autumn has arrived.

It’s cool.

Last night seen the hot water bottle come out of storage and be filled.

Rudbeckia at Bealtaine CottageRudbeckia has opened its beautiful deep orange petals…a marker of the time of year. This has been grown from seed, this year.

I started it off in the tunnel in February, from seeds I collected last Autumn.

Sammy-BearAs I walked the gardens, Sammy-Bear walked in front of me, finally stopping in the tunnel and rolling in the dirt!

Sammy-BearFor a white cat, he can be a dirty little rascal at the best of times!

Sammy-Bear passing BuddhaOn the plus side, he doesn’t seem to mind the rain, so cleans up well!

bee on Lavender at Bealtaine CottageSeed-saving continues apace and the bees keep up the good work, even on a wet morning like today…

Bee on lavender at Bealtaine Cottage…this is where the tunnel works really well!

purple-Sprouting Broccoli seed headsThese are seeds from the three year old Purple Sprouting Broccoli, still in the pods, drying.

These seeds are big and plump and represent the very strongest, biggest, most productive and oldest of the Purple Broccoli.

Monsanto eat your heart out!

Pom-Pom Dahlias at Bealtaine CottagePom-Pom Dahlias are making a show of themselves.

This is the first year I have grown these.

Buddleia growing in two tyres at Bealtaine CottageThis Buddleia was grown from Bealtaine Cottage seed and planted in the tyres two years ago.

Lunaria seeds drying on the veranda of the Lodge Many followers of Bealtaine cottage ask me for Lunaria (Honesty) seeds…and here are some drying on the veranda of the Lodge, hung up last evening.

This is a nice airy place to start off the drying process, though I may need to bring them indoors, if the wet weather prevails for much longer.

Apple havest at Bealtaine CottageThe Apple harvest continues to delight as the fruit appears so healthy and untarnished for another year.

Apple harvest at Bealtaine Cottage, IrelandI NEVER spray my Apple trees, or, for that matter, ANY of the fruit trees, and am rewarded with a bountiful, healthy crop year after year!

Truly Organic!

Leaves of the Crocosmia MontbretiaThe rain settles onto the leaves of the Crocosmia Montbretia, a beautiful harbinger of Autumn!

Bealtaine CottageA pot of tea beckons…

Sammy-Bear CatSammy-Bear is sad to see me go indoors…

 

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7 Responses to “Images on the First Morning of Lughnasa”

  1. dappled days August 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Sammy-Bear makes me smile :)
    Thank you so much for sharing all this Lughnasa beauty with us, your dahlia looks just like a lovely sun or star.
    How is sweet Missy cat these days? I often think of her xxx =^.^= xxx

    Warm blessings

    Cicely

    p.s. It’s taken me a few tries to post this

    • Bealtaine Cottage August 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      First of all, I have had a few complaints about difficulty in posting comments. I really do not know what is happening, but I will keep investigating the possible causes!
      Missy is doing just great. She appears to have no problems at all recently! Mysterious…
      Blessings
      Colette X

  2. cequin August 2, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    These images of your Celtic Autumn garden are lovely…the behaviour of Sammy-Bear is delightful!

  3. Liana August 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I would be there right now…camera in hand, lughnasa on my lips…LOVELY

  4. wspines August 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    You have brought us into Lughnasa wonderfully. Its my favorite season. Sammy Bear is such a happy cat. The apples look wonderful and no spray. Cheers to you my friend.

  5. teastainedcaptain August 1, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Your photography always astounds me. Beautiful.

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