Just pictures today…of the Water Garden here at the permaculture smallholding.
This is the Lower Pond in the Bog Garden.
It is a haven for wildlife…sitting by the Lower Pond on a summer evening surrounded by dragonflies is one of the pleasures to be enjoyed after work.
The ponds, for there are two, are filled with Wild Mint and Watercress, among other delights.
Buttercups, Celandines and Meadowsweet abound.
This is one of the grass pathways leading down to the Bog Garden and the ponds.
It is planted out with Willow, Yellow Loosestrife, Monbretia and the weeds are all really flowers as you can see!
One of the wild Orchids growing in the damp ground of the Bog Garden last summer.
Gunnera Manicata growing beside one of the ponds…
There are many wildflowers that can be included when planting an informal pond to attract wildlife.
It is important to include Native plants as these provide a vital food source for many insects, which then encourages more birds to your pond and garden.
Many Butterflies will visit your water garden if native plants and wild flowers are allowed their domain!
Butterflies that are first to hatch here at Bealtaine Cottage is the Orange Tip, and though it will feed from a range of plants it only lays its eggs on Ladys Smock.
Ladys Smock is one of the wild flowers that grace the wet conditions in the Bog Garden.
It is really vital that we do all we can to protect native habitats, for as these are threatened it becomes more important to provide alternative safe havens for birds, insects, Bees and native plants within gardens.
Bealtaine Cottage is also on YouTube…with over 120 videos about Permaculture, planting, growing and living.
Yesterday was a hot, summery day and there was nothing else for it but to head to the beach…we made for the strand at Mullaghmore…Flo in tow! She is on her lead here due to the fact that she spent half the day running off, trying to attach herself to other people, as only the “littlest Hobo,” knows how!
Mullaghmore Harbour sits on the south side of Donegal Bay…a stunningly beautiful stretch of wild Atlantic coastline!
For those of you familiar with, “Sex in the City,” it may come as no surprise for you to know that Sarah Jessica Parker owns a holiday cottage in Donegal and is familiar with this beautiful bay.
Looking up towards the Hills of Donegal…
Today, Monday, is yet another fabulous day!
A few facts about Donegal Bay…Donegal Bay (Bá Dhún na nGall in Irish) is an inlet (or bay) in the northwest of Ireland.
Three counties – Donegal to the north and west, Leitrim and Sligo to the south – have shorelines on the bay, which is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The town of Donegal and the River Eske lie at the head of the bay.
Donegal Bay is Ireland’s largest bay, and also contains Ulster’s highest (and Europe’s sixth-highest) sea cliffs at Slieve League, which tower 1972 ft (601 m) above sea level.
Permaculture gardens and growers shy away from bare earth.
The introduction of a layered system simply emulates Nature herself, allowing seed to spread and drift onto open land where pioneering species are allowed to take hold.
There is a plant for every place, even here on the limestone gravel…Valerian nestles into whatever spot a seed lands upon.
In this way, this beautiful flowering plant has made the gravel driveway of Bealtaine Cottage it’s home…
Buddleia is another pioneering plant that will nestle into stony and inhospitable places.
Have you ever seen this flowering shrub, beloved of Butterflies, growing out from old buildings, between the cracks in the mortar?
From the introduction of two shrubs, the natural cultivation of hundreds has followed on at Bealtaine Cottage.
Harvesting is simple…pull the seedling out from the gravel path and pot on, ready to replant the following year in it’s new home.
An example of the Valerian along the west wall on the gable end of Bealtaine Cottage.
When flowers appear to grow effortlessly, like weeds, you know they have found their perfect home…let them be!
Wild Orchids here, growing on a land that is allowed to breath free from chemicals…Nature knows best!
Michaelmas Daisies…make great ground-cover under trees and grows in almost any conditions from my experience here.
This is growing under a pine tree in the Bog Garden on the lower slopes of Bealtaine Cottage.
Spiraea, a most beautiful summer flowering bush.
Easy to grow…all here have been started as slips simply pushed into the soil.
Hard pruning will give you lots of kindling for the stove as well as bulk for the all-important compost heap!
Columbine, or Aquilegia, another hardy self-seeder here at the cottage.
This made itself at home in the early days of establishing permaculture at Bealtaine and has thrived and spread ever since!
This purple Columbine comes up each year at the front of the cottage.
Permaculture flowers are easy to grow and take good care of themselves!
There are hundreds of photographs showing the flowers that grow here…feel free to look up the summer calender of last year…just click on Calender and hover the mouse over dates for that month, then click to go in…
If you enjoy the free content of this blog, please consider making a donation using the button below. My PayPal account can receive your donations and will convert from your local currency, and you don’t need a PayPal account to make a donation. Thank you!
Thank you for supporting this blog
I lit the fire in the bedroom yesterday evening as there was a chill on the night air. This is a deceptive time of year, when the evenings can end up being much colder than during the winter!
It wasn’t long before Jack snook in and laid his head against the bed in a pleading sort of way… “can I just hang around and enjoy the fire too?”
Now, it is hard to resist this friendly mutt, even though he yawns and makes scary, and sometimes funny, noises!
I gave him a bath today, as the sun was shining and the air was warm, for I noticed he was a bit pongy as he warmed himself in front of the fire…
What a difference a bath makes!
Certainly one way of keeping the flies out of the cottage here at Bealtaine!
A permaculture floor, using waste tile fragments…Bealtaine Cottage.
Growing lettuce in a tyre at the start of the Bealtaine Project…
Missy in her wild and inquisitive youth!
Dawn at Bealtaine Cottage
The moon over Bealtaine.
Close planting here means no weeds, no chemicals and a permaculture lushness that is at the centre of life here at Bealtaine.