Early winter and the weather is brilliantly sunny with clear skies above the cottage and moonlit nights that are bright and cold!
It’s worth enduring the rain and grey for mornings like this…
Colours continue to develop in the densely planted gardens. This palette of colour continues all the year round…
Dense planting as is undertaken in any permaculture plan, lends itself well to the enrichment of the soil.
Impoverishment of the soil is no natural disaster, in fact it is the result of nothing less than greed…for money!
In the past seven years since the beginning of Bealtaine, this land has gone from rushy monoculture half life to enriched, protected earth and being continually enriched and protected due to planting.
Poly-culture, which is the opposite of monoculture is of maximum importance for the survival of Nature as we know it.
This high level of biodiversity provides all year round food for the Natural World.
Peanuts, imported and therefore carrying a huge carbon footprint, are not a sustainable source of food for the birds and wildlife.
Diverse and enriched planting is.
We should therefore stop trying to re-invent the wheel and plant our gardens and urban spaces to this end.
A beautiful garden becomes a paradise when Nature is placed high on the list of important horticultural demands!
At the top!
This is one of the many delights of a garden that embraces maximum biodiversity…silky spider webs woven through Cotoneaster on a winter’s morning.
Light is important at this time of year as we descend towards the Midwinter Solstice and within it, the shortest day of the year.
Light is also very beautiful during this time…silver streams filtered through landscape hedgerows and trees.
In the words of Saint Columcille…”It is peaceful and it is delightful.”
Yes! Bloody cold enough for the woolies to be brought out from hibernation under the bed! The west of Ireland is cold and windy and the stove is lit and I have a shawl around my shoulders as I type! Truly!
despite the weather the strawberries continue to give out the lushest of fruit, to be picked at and gorged upon each time I pass through the veranda.
I deliberately don’t buy imported fruit or stuff out of season as it makes summer all the more welcome!