Spring growth~Photos from Bealtaine Cottage Ireland…Permaculture Smallholding.

Tulips planted several years ago under one of the many Beech trees at Bealtaine.

London pride growing on either side of the steps. This is a perfect permaculture flowering plant, as it takes over, even in weedy, clay soil. Small bits were planted alongside the steps about 4 years ago and managed to push out the creeping buttercup, which can be very resolute and defiant! London Pride will flower during May and keep it’s flowers for many weeks!

Bealtaine Cottage is beginning to merge into the Spring growth…another few weeks and it will not be visible at all!

Little pots of Sedum are flowering atop the old fireplace at the back of the barn. Sedum is a great plant for enduring dry periods, then flourishing after rain!

Lilac has blossomed in a sheltered corner of the front garden. I pruned this last Autumn, cutting out all the spindley and crossover branches and consequently the blooms are lush.

Lilac today at Bealtaine.

Violets and Wild Strawberries…Early Summer in Ireland…Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding

This morning at Bealtaine…blue skies, sunshine and just about the best weather this year…

Walking Jack is such a pleasant task on such a morning!

Willow arches are coming alive in the Bog garden. The greening of the Willow is always a sign of early summer and today is warm and sunny!

Water levels in the ground are dropping, but the Spring Well continues to feed the ponds in the Lower Gardens. Blackcurrant was planted in raised areas in this area and are doing well, with lots of blossom promising good fruit later on.

Green Beech continues to hold onto the last of the leaves from last year. Buds are thickening and will open in the next few days.

Wild Violets peeping up between Wild Strawberries on a bank near the Fairy Dell.