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.
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.
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!
The land across the smallholding that is Bealtaine Cottage, is very wet indeed. Too wet to do much, except admire the tremendous growth that has taken place recently! The paths are closing in and so I spent about two hours this morning out with my shears, clipping frantically between showers…about a third done, not bad!
Despite the rain the redcurrants are on course for ripening at their usual pace and time…around the first week in June or thereabouts. Although Bealtaine has become something of a wildlife sanctuary over the seven years of its’ existence, most of the fruits are left on the bushes and trees and have never required netting…that’s what abundance does, provides plenty for all!
There is a sacred space here at Bealtaine Cottage, an ancient place that evolved at such a speed, that I quickly realised there was magic in this little corner of the land.
Above is one of the six entrances to what became known as the Fairy Wood…not my name for it, but bestowed upon it by visiting children.
Children are more in tune with the land than we, for they see and hear on a more profound level.
As I planted and observed the land, I could see the influence this little place had on the bare land around it.
Slowly, over one thousand trees filled the space, with plants like the Sedge, above, planted alongside paths I created to wind in and out of trees.
As I planted, so the Fairy wood evolved and her life energy seemed to emanate from deep within the earth itself.
This was co-creation at it’s most magical and inspiring.
Primroses and Celandines have emerged.
The land is packed with magic indeed.
The Sidhe are watchful as I work here.
One of the entrances overlooks the polytunnel.
Some pruning and cutting back has taken place here recently to allow more light onto the woodland floor, where rewards are plentiful.
Another entrance to the Fairy Wood…the essence of permaculture is being able to let go.
The secret is to allow Mother Nature free reign over all of her subjects…she really does know best.
I simply tidy up around her, paying attention to her promptings to do this and that…
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And yes Jack, you should be embarrassed…ripping up the porch just because I shut the door when my dinner guest came! The protest doesn’t cut it with me…I was a Greenham Common Woman don’t ya know! Now tidy up!
What can I say? I shouldn’t have? Oh, the hell with waistlines…tea and Raspberry Coulis Cake is the best way to begin life on a Friday…leftovers always taste sinful! (But, it was delicious with Vanilla Ice Cream)!
Have a great weekend end everyone…plant a tree this one!
Where would any permaculture garden be without a plant nursery on site? The heart of the plan and always ready to be dipped into…and give away from!
The weather has been wet and windy over recent weeks, so much of the blossom that would be harvested, such as the Elderflower, is looking a bit raggy. However, there is an Elderflower cordial on the go at the moment, but I will have to get out today and top up with some more blooms. This cordial is made over the course of several days…
New technology has enabled this blog to get back online, but it continues to be applied and has some teething troubles, so please bear with it…oh, and many, many thanks to everyone who texted, emailed and called me over the past week of blackout…the concern you have shown has overwhelmed me, really!
This is a good time to make wine and if you look into any of the old books on wine-making there are a heap of lovely recipes to make wine from dandelions, flowers, even leaves…I once made an Oak Leaf Wine. Rose Petal Wine is on the plan for the next week or so…
Continuing to empty the freezer of last summer’s huge harvest of black and red currants…so, it’s more wine on the make!
Colours in the gardens continue to develop with very little need for flowers…and those that are in bloom are strong perennials that are here to stay!
Roses hang heavy around the veranda. Valerian comes up through the gravel, astounding me year after year…where does it get its food from?
The colours and shadows of summer begin to play with the light on the window ledges.
I now add the yeast to the must and it makes a real difference in the fermentation process of the wine…speed it ip considerably!