The naked earth is warm with Spring, And with green grass and bursting trees Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying, And quivers in the sunny breeze. ~Julian Grenfell
…except, in Permaculture gardens, little is naked, most is covered, yet the earth beneath the green mantle warms just the same.
April has set Spring firmly in place, with early sunrise and birdsong to lift the dullest spirit!
The boys awaken to the sunshine…
Honesty comes into flower…
Ribes sets the bees buzzing…apparently the Bumble Bee is losing numbers here in Ireland, as well as the UK, but certainly not at Bealtaine Cottage…the place is abuzz!
Amelanchier is coming into flower…yet more of the succession planting for the bees!
The playhouse is being transformed into a hen house…an upstairs~downstairs hen house to suit the due pecking order!
I’ve been busy with the brush and wood preservative, making sure that this little house sees another 10 years!
Chard has over-wintered well in the tunnel and will keep producing right up until the newly sown Chard is ready to pick…so very easy to grow!
Photinia, Red Robin has opened its new leaves…a burst of red!
Perennial Poppy has weathered the frost well!
Quince is in flower against the barn.
These gigantic shells have been moved to hang on sticks driven into the earth, making a contrast to the emerging green!
Spring is bursting forth into a riot of greens, as the first Cuckoo of the year heralds its summery arrival…earlier than last year!
The Fairy Wood is a mass of lime green Spurge!
The Lavender-painted Barn takes on a new look, making a wonderful backdrop to Spring.
Newly painted benches are ready to withstand another year of crazy Irish weather!
Primroses emerge in places where birds have dropped seed!
And the warm earth, no longer naked, continues to push forth magic!