The Rain-Sodden Lushness of Midsummer in Ireland

Harvests are looking good despite the lack of sunshine.

Today, Sunday, is overcast and still.

If the weather is fine tomorrow I shall begin to harvest the Blackcurrants.

It looks to be a mighty harvest…certainly in excess of last year, when over 100lbs were picked…and the birds had their feast along the way!

Redcurrants are cropping well also and most of these will go in the freezer, as I enjoy fruit yoghurts throughout the winter.

The Redcurrants give the impression of jewels hanging on bushes.

I often wonder why more of these delightful and easy to grow fruit bushes are not planted in borders in the garden.

The leaves are a lovely vivid green and look really attractive!

I bought this lovely lamp in a Charity shop in Enniskillen, on my way to Omagh, my home town.

 I was up visiting my Mum on her 82nd birthday last Friday!

She is in great form and looking fantastic!

I must post a pic of her soon!

Happy Birthday Mum! (I’m saying this because she has recently started looking on the net and perusing the Bealtaine Cottage blogs!)

I notice that the flowers are all in bloom on the St John’s Wort bush…they are all open despite the lack of sun!

The Bealtaine Angel silently surveys the Valerian…

I have been gathering big bouquets of Yellow Loosestrife to fill vases in the cottage.

Everywhere the lushness of midsummer continues to hold sway…


  1. I have chock cherrys and goose berries, black, and red raspberries. I will see if currants can be grown here. They look so wonderful. Beautiful words cequin.

  2. The Bealtaine angel lights her lamp and shines it on a multicoloured garden; while a silver surfer in a farway place begins her journey along the magic super highway!

  3. Every photo here looks like a post card! I wish I had currants to plant here, but they do not grow in this hot dry part of the country…I had never seen a currant until coming to your blog!

    • Blackcurrants grow very well here in Ireland, easily grown from a slip inserted in the soil. Blackcurrants have the most Vitamin C of any fruit, weight for weight. And the birds love them too!

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