Forest Garden in Winter


A new camera…thanks to you, who so kindly donated to this little site…and here’s to all the much improved pics to come!


This is what’s termed a “bridge camera,” that is one between what I had before and a professional camera.


It is of course a pre-loved model…very loved from the excellent condition and not costing the earth!


It’s so great to be able to finally capture on film what it is I see in life around Bealtaine Cottage.


This has given me such a great lift in the depths of Midwinter, that I could sing!


I hope that as more and more people see these pictures, they will feel inspired to plant trees and maybe even turn lawns into forest gardens!


The gardens continue to produce food even in the cold, short days of December. Here the Purple Sprouting Broccoli grows amid the freshly added seaweed.

The seaweed was left in the rain to flush out the salt for a few months first.


These are the colours as you can see, in a garden of trees and shrubs, brightening up the dullest day!


A forest garden like this only needs work in the form of harvesting, once the planting is complete.


Though, to be honest, I love to plant and so continue growing from seed and finding room to pursue my passion.


Much of what I grow from seed I have given away to the hundreds of garden visitors each year.

The colours of the cottage are better illuminated with this camera, as you can see…


…and all these pics were snapped this morning, on what is a very dull and grey day in terms of the light. 


Isn’t she lovely?

I am continually followed around the gardens by little Robins, all of whom live here.

There are several breeding pairs in various parts of the smallholding and are all very territorial!


Looking north this morning…


The beautiful Elder tree is covered with equally beautiful moss.


This camera allows for a much wider view of the garden, picking out fine detail too.


I have often looked at this fern underneath the young Sycamore tree and wished I could show you as I see it…and here it is!


And the little brass dish that is being enveloped by the tree.


The eerily empty seed-heads of Lunaria…seeds dispersed, work complete and just the beauty to admire.


And the plump seed-heads of the May roses continuing to delight!


And again, thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart…it is your kind donations that keep the website from this little cottage flowing out to the world, a small reminder of the great living beauty that is Mother Earth …bless you X

If you would like to see more, visit Bealtaine Cottage Magical Gardens, where new images are uploaded each day…

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6 thoughts on “Forest Garden in Winter

  1. Your post reminded me of a poem by Gwendalynn Fuchs: My church has no doors, My church has no steeple, Her arms always open, No judgemental people, She has always been there, From our day of birth, Trust in her Love, Sacred Mother Earth. Thank you for all you are and do.


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