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Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights.
Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in.
My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair.
It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out before us.
Sammy-Bear sits by the open door, enjoying the strong sunshine.
Somewhere in the scheme of things, as the days lengthen and the early morning birdsong touches our souls, a deep sense of optimism pervades the humdrum of everyday life.
Animals react to Spring with displays of joy.
The image of the Spring lamb are there for all to see, but look at the behaviour of other animals…
And the Earth itself…I can smell the grass growing…it’s an earthy, green, living smell that intoxicates!
As I walk among the Potager beds in the garden, I notice how the Purple Sprouting Broccoli is regenerating, almost as fast as I can pick the small sprouts.
In the tunnel, Calendula flowers on last Summers plants…a welcome reminder of the flowers to come and oh, they smell so sweet!
Buds on the Peach tree are beginning to thicken.
This was a broken tree I rescued from the waste of a big store.
It’s taken four years to nurture it into a strong tree and this year, maybe, just maybe, I shall have some fruit!
The Kale has over-wintered well, keeping me supplied with plenty of this rich food through the dark months.
Now, as almost all the leaves have been harvested, it begins to sprout abundance all over again.
Time to feed and water well!
This Celery was planted and stem harvested last Spring.
It has regenerated and will provide yet more nutrients for juicing!
Spring flowers, beauty to behold…feeding the spirit as I work in the kitchen.
Flowers on the Ribes bushes have opened.
These will be ready to feed early awakening bees.
Wood, stacked in Wigwam shape to air dry before being cut and moved to the barn.
There is so much wood here at Bealtaine that I am never going to get around to coppicing more than about 25%!
Taking the time to bend down and look closer to the Earth, sights like this remind one there is another world below our view, reacting to the energy of Spring.
I hope you make time to go out into Nature and find repose with her, for these are days of Spring magic…Magical days indeed!