The Wood in the Willows 005

This is when the coppicing begins…early winter as soon as the leaves have fallen. 011This Willow will make excellent logs for the stove, once properly seasoned. 009The thinner bits will be added to the kindling pile and left to dry. 004Coppicing allows for continual regeneration of woodland and is an excellent way to help young woodland get established. 036This is a selective process and involves wonderful interaction with Nature, as it is slow and steady work. 003This is the interface of the young woodland, colourful and vibrant! 044The warmth of Bealtaine Cottage on a Winter’s night, is fast becoming dependent on this most under-appreciated of all our natural resources…trees! 012As I work through small areas of the gardens, it allows me time to tidy up some of the paths…though allowing the leaves to stay where they fall, as this helps to build soil and define pathways. 014Buddha sits among the leaves… 024Meanwhile, down in the Bog Garden, little Che-Mousey enjoys the November sunshine and temperatures of 14 oC! 032Spindle continues to hang onto its berries… 048And the Potager beds, at the back of the cottage, continue to deliver food for the table… 039So far its been a beautifully mild early winter, making the season seem much shorter!

A Little Bealtaine Cottage Christmas Book…

I am into a second print run and am posting from today, Friday 15th of November!

Sad to add that all the lovely cards are now gone! (I can post seeds with the booklets!)

If any kind visitor to this blog would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, then…

This is the link to the details of how to purchase  your own copy…

Blessings from Bealtaine X

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4 thoughts on “The Wood in the Willows

  1. Very interesting to see you have a spindle tree. Apparently knitting needless used to be made from the wood as it has a solid centre. Does your tree produce little succour shoots around the outside? I believe they may have used them. I cannot grow a Spindle tree as I think it prefers an alkaline soil.


    1. I planted three of these and one struggles, whilst the other two are doing well… As yet, there are no succours, but I will keep an eye out for them. This one near the pond appears to do the best. The land is boggy in this area.
      Blessings X


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