The back door of the cottage lies open.
Outside the birdsong carries vibrant energy over the land.
On this, the longest day of the year, the Earth in the northern hemisphere basks in the glow of seemingly eternal light.
The shades of green seem endless, a patchwork of effervescence with splashes of outrageous colour.
Ox-Eye Daisy and Feverfew compete in the borders of the Lughnasadh Garden.
As fast as flowers open they turn to seed and the future summers to come.
Bees are everywhere, feasting and dancing through their very own garden of abundance and delight.
The hard work of the winter, creating the Lughnasadh Garden, has paid such rewards as could only have been imagined.
Midsummer marks the year in glorious technicolour and song, as befits Mother Earth. It’s like a birthday for her!
I have run out of space on this land…there is little room for more…yet more grows and arrives as gifts.
I often hold workshops, covering aspects of co-creating a garden with Mother Earth, creating micro-climates, incorporating fruit and vegetables and the no-dig method of establishing, building and maintaining a regenerative Eden.
Aspects of seed saving…
A full walk and talk of the gardens included.
You are welcome to take photographs and ask all the questions you may want.
Please allow for the weather in your outdoor clothing considerations…and footwear.
Workshops usually begin at 11am and finish at 5pm.
Morning and afternoon tea and vegan cakes are included.
A vegan lunch, also included, is served at 1.30pm.
Spring water is provided.
If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage…
Wonderful to see the bees so busy in your garden. A real haven for their all important work.
What a lovely, lovely garden you have built. I can only hope that the garden here at the Hermitage will be as lovely in its own way some day. I was out with a scythe in the meadow this morning, but am spending the afternoon of longest day of the year waiting for a tropical storm to decide to come in. Best wishes for the year to come, Colette.
Thanks and blessings to you my friend XXX Colette
Such a beautiful time. I have just eaten my first bowl of raspberries and if it is not raining tomorrow i will harvest a bumper crop of blackcurrants we got from Bealtaine Cottage. Despite the cloud, the green is shining.
I just love, love, love you voice and garden.
You have inspired me to indulge in more of my gardening passions.
Your flowers are heavenly and the cottage is absolutely gorgeous! I enjoy you videos on YouTube and i hoping to visit your cottage one day.
Los Angeles, California USA.
Midsummer blessings to you all Colette. Such stunning photos I just want to step into them and sit in the shade of your beautiful garden.I would just like to mention about the other day , there are some really nasty and hurtful people out there , please don’t let them upset you too much as they are really not worth it. They must be very unhappy people. You are a wonderful Earth Angel lovely lady xxx
Bless you Melanie…lovely to read these words.
Espectacular, as we say in spanish. In this side of the world (Argentina) the winter is coming…….
Solstice blessings to you …………..although not as hot as Lynne in Phoenix, it’s 37°c here in Burgundy and we’re sadly in need of rain
Hope it arrives soon…
Midsummer blessings to you Colette. Such wonder and beauty in your garden. These beautiful photos are truly a refreshment for the soul. I’ve always treasured the longest day. Sadly our longest day has also become the hottest day as well .. a heat so oppressive that it robs the joy from the day. But as I complain about our 109F (42.7778C) Phoenix Arizona had to close down all flights due to 120F(48.8889C). Some of our highways are buckling and repairs are in progress. We need a cool north wind to visit us soon. Blessings to you always.
May the cool winds and rain replenish the earth there very soon. XXX Blessings, Colette