This is not colour enhanced, but the vivid colours between storms here in the west of Ireland!
The buds are still thickening, yet the life is visible in the stems, sky and emerging green…isn’t it simply wonderful to be able to witness the Spring as it progresses, slowly, tentatively through the landscape?
This is the skyline above the Arigna Mountains, with a Rainbow, flopped over the ridge of the hill!
I watched this from the window, then rushed out with camera in hand to snap the moment!
I feel blessed to be a part of the Spring, waking earlier, walking for longer and working in the tunnel in my dressing gown!
Showing some wonderful garden visitors around over the weekend, reminded me of the reasons why I write and talk about Permaculture and the simple way of life…it lifts my heart to be a part of it!
As we walked the land and into the Fairy Wood, the sight of all this bright green Spurge ignited a passion for woodland in us all.
The Celandines are so bright and golden as to seem unreal…but that is the wonder of Nature, Mother Earth…too beautiful!
There is work to be done too, but all to the beat of the weather…weather-proofing all the wood around the cottage.
Lavender is the colour, soft on the eye, but tough and resilient!
Excess donations to the website renewal were used to pay for the wood preservative…so bless you one and all, Friends of Bealtaine XXX
My right arm hurts from all the painting, but it was in desperate need!
The heavy rain we get in Ireland can ruin buildings if they are not looked after!
I watched this small slug acrobat his way onto the potting table in the tunnel…on a long thin thread, like a spider!
So, that’s how they do it!
Geranium is coming into leaf and exploding green under the apple trees…a good companion plant for keeping weeds at bay!
Bumble bees are in busy flight all across the gardens.
The light grows in intensity, day on day, fading into the west way after nine o’clock in the evening.
On a clear day, the heat can be quite intense…
…as the sun continues its ascent towards Midsummer.
Just pictures today…of the Water Garden here at the permaculture smallholding.
This is the Lower Pond in the Bog Garden.
It is a haven for wildlife…sitting by the Lower Pond on a summer evening surrounded by dragonflies is one of the pleasures to be enjoyed after work.
The ponds, for there are two, are filled with Wild Mint and Watercress, among other delights.
Buttercups, Celandines and Meadowsweet abound.
This is one of the grass pathways leading down to the Bog Garden and the ponds.
It is planted out with Willow, Yellow Loosestrife, Monbretia and the weeds are all really flowers as you can see!
One of the wild Orchids growing in the damp ground of the Bog Garden last summer.
Gunnera Manicata growing beside one of the ponds…
There are many wildflowers that can be included when planting an informal pond to attract wildlife.
It is important to include Native plants as these provide a vital food source for many insects, which then encourages more birds to your pond and garden.
Many Butterflies will visit your water garden if native plants and wild flowers are allowed their domain!
Butterflies that are first to hatch here at Bealtaine Cottage is the Orange Tip, and though it will feed from a range of plants it only lays its eggs on Ladys Smock.
Ladys Smock is one of the wild flowers that grace the wet conditions in the Bog Garden.
It is really vital that we do all we can to protect native habitats, for as these are threatened it becomes more important to provide alternative safe havens for birds, insects, Bees and native plants within gardens.
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