Winter edges away slowly, with lighter mornings and longer days.
The Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage have emerged this year into the Permaculture Woods.
However, I’ve got to admit that I’ve been flagging recently!
A combination of the time of year, family commitments and basically just trying too hard to do too much!
The saying goes, “spreading yourself too thin on the ground”, or something like that…well, that’s me!
I’m done for!
I would love to take a few days off and lounge about in my Jim-Jams, but…well, you know me by now…!
So, in keeping with the time of year I’ve been painting, cutting, tidying the land and planting.
As you can see here, the back wall of the cottage has been (almost) finished…though I’ve run out of paint and will have to colour match, as I mixed the paint from leftovers.
Still, an old cottage can get away with mismatches…shabby chic!
The weather has been fairly mild and despite some snow earlier in the month, it’s not been too cold.
I spent some time cleaning up the steps, removing the willow fedge, as it became too shaded by overhanging trees to grow as it should and was dying off.
Clearing other parts of the land I came across yet more stone, so have tidied the edges of the steps with some dry stone walling.
This is a lovely habitat for beetles, snails and small mammals…adding to the immense biodiversity build up here over ten years.
Some shrubs and bushes near the cottage are looking a bit unruly…these I shall neaten up before the spring is over.
Bealtaine now sits among trees and each year becomes more like the cottage in the woods.
To be too tidy a gardener is to deny entry to your garden to many beneficial creatures, as well as food for the birds!
Here I have thrown some rotting logs in under the hedge, where all life in the vicinity will benefit. There may well be some mushrooms in the near future as well.
The leaves of the Hypericum have kept green all winter.
I shall prune this a little to keep a shape in it, as some order near to the cottage looks pleasant.
“…I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
“A tree can be tempted out of its winter dormancy by a few hours of southerly sun—the readiness to believe in spring is stronger than sleep or sanity.”
― Amy Leach, Things That Are
Aquilegia has begun to grow…this is one of the first flowers of Spring and great for early rising bees.
The all too tidy gardener will also miss these wonderful flowerings of Moss on small standing stones.
And leaves that are busy creating woodland paths in a garden evolving fast into much welcome woodland.
I keep the stove in the sitting room burning as I work outside, for it’s a welcoming and warm place to retreat to now and again.
Just to sit by the fire is relaxing.
And one learns over the years to pace oneself…knowing when it’s time to down tools and go indoors…this I need to remember to do a little more!
There’s a heap of work to get through before settling down for the evening.
And, as a gorgeous girl in a big dress once said, “Tomorrow is another day!”
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