One of the real advantages of a permaculture garden is that there is always colour…flowers are not the only colour in the garden!
I took this photo about five minutes ago and even though it’s drizzly, dull and cloudy, the garden at the front of the cottage is dazzling with a veritable artist palette of colour!
There are crispy brown leaves on the grass from the Beech trees, which keep their leaves for most of the winter and only really shed them as the new ones push through.
The Photinia is bright red with the new growth.
Valerian is showing bright green through the gravel and the Pear tree is awash with white blossom.
Permaculture planting is intense planting, the objective being to cover the earth and leave no part exposed to the elements! The effect is incredible and the maintenance is absolutely minimal!
Most of these plants are easily recognised.
One of the big benefits of permaculture planting is the almost immediate transformation for the better, as plants move through the seasons and drop their waste upon the earth.
Pyracantha, Beech, Amelanchier, Spirea and Buddleia all jostle for the light…may the best one win!
Produce in the tunnel is growing well.
There is always some food to be harvested in here all year round.
This is important as I am a vegan and need to ensure a good supply of fresh, wholesome, organic food.
A view of the fruit and vegetable gardens taken from the field behind Bealtaine.
Kilronan Mountain lies to the north.
Apple blossom and rhubarb.
A grass path leading from the hen house over to the tunnel and compost bins, lined with Amelanchier and Lime trees.
The same path…
Friendship is wonderful. There is a triad symbol to friendship…a triangle…consisting of Trust, Respect and Understanding.
Rosemary Roberts suggests that this is a Celtic Triad and forms the basis of solid friendship…”Respect yourself and others through your words and actions.”
“Trust your instincts and the intentions of those close to you.”
And finally, “When acceptance of another’s actions is difficult, stand in the path of understanding.”
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Blossom on the Plum and Cherry trees continue to develop at Bealtaine Smallholding.
As I type this blog on a calm and warm Friday evening I am amazed at the continual good weather experienced here in the west of Ireland since the middle of March. The climate is changing…that I know.
Peach blossom covers the tree in the tunnel and all the seedlings are growing well. The bottom line is that food is very easy to grow. A small warm space is all that’s needed to get seedlings up and ready for planting out.
The Fairy Dell is now covered in green growth. Primroses, Mosses, Violets and Ferns are all competing with hundreds of other species to grow. The scents emanating from the warm earth below my feet as I walk the woodland are nothing less than intoxicating!
This is the willow wreath made here in December. I will strip back the winter foliage of Larch and Ivy and re-dress the willow base for the Easter celebrations. This Willow wreath will keep for several years and can be dressed for seasonal celebrations.
The leaves on the Amelanchier tree are out and making colour in the garden.
The weekend is here and I have another five trees to plant. These are all pot grown from seeds, so can be planted at any time of the year as long as they are kept well watered!