Posted in Climate, Garden, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Seed-Saving, Seeds, Summer, Uncategorized, Wild Flowers

Always an Upside!

Feverfew and stained glassIt is very hot and very, very dry.

sedum in a tin canThe well has dropped low and trickles down to the cottage, threatening water supply to the tank in the loft.

Feverfew and DriftwoodPlants are thirsty and the rain barrels are empty.

Lysimachia Punctata and willow archA potential disaster ensues if the clouds don’t spill the rain soon!

Meadowsweet and Vetch in the Bog Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage todayHowever, there is always an upside…sometimes one just has to search around a little.

Perlagoniums on the Cable Table at Bealtaine CottageI found it!

Poppy seed heads at Bealtaine CottageThis is perfect weather for harvesting seed that is ripe and there are lots of it!

Foxglove seed The seed is dry and the air is dry…that makes for perfect harvesting in my experience!

harvesting seed at Bealtaine CottageAnd so I harvested…

Bealtaine CottageThere is always an upside!


16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland. Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!

8 thoughts on “Always an Upside!

  1. Brill….and there I was wondering what the upside was…..grin
    Times are desperate……
    Good Cheer Colette…

  2. We had a similar situation here in India last year.. It was very hot and very very dry.. Then the clouds opened up.. and rained. It has since then been raining continously… for almost two months now! The end to every drought would be the starting of abundance… 🙂

    1. I am just imagining that lovely scene on this hot, dry morning…sheer abundance, I agree!
      Whereabouts in India are you living? I hear Dr Vandana Shiva talk of her childhood home in the Himalayas and am captivated! Lovely to hear from you! Colette 🙂

Your comments are welcome! I reply to every one!