Permaculture gardens and growers shy away from bare earth.
The introduction of a layered system simply emulates Nature herself, allowing seed to spread and drift onto open land where pioneering speciesare allowed to take hold.
There is a plant for every place, even here on the limestone gravel…Valerian nestles into whatever spot a seed lands upon.
In this way, this beautiful flowering plant has made the gravel driveway of Bealtaine Cottage it’s home…
Buddleia is another pioneering plant that will nestle into stony and inhospitable places.
Have you ever seen this flowering shrub, beloved of Butterflies, growing out from old buildings, between the cracks in the mortar?
From the introduction of two shrubs, the natural cultivation of hundreds has followed on at Bealtaine Cottage.
Harvesting is simple…pull the seedling out from the gravel path and pot on, ready to replant the following year in it’s new home.
An example of the Valerian along the west wall on the gable end of Bealtaine Cottage.
When flowers appear to grow effortlessly, like weeds, you know they have found their perfect home…let them be!
Wild Orchids here, growing on a land that is allowed to breath free from chemicals…Nature knows best!
Michaelmas Daisies…make great ground-cover under trees and grows in almost any conditions from my experience here.
This is growing under a pine tree in the Bog Garden on the lower slopes of Bealtaine Cottage.
Spiraea, a most beautiful summer flowering bush.
Easy to grow…all here have been started as slips simply pushed into the soil.
Hard pruning will give you lots of kindling for the stove as well as bulk for the all-important compost heap!
Columbine, or Aquilegia, another hardy self-seeder here at the cottage.
This made itself at home in the early days of establishing permaculture at Bealtaine and has thrived and spread ever since!
This purple Columbine comes up each year at the front of the cottage.
Permaculture flowers are easy to grow and take good care of themselves!
There are hundreds of photographs showing the flowers that grow here…feel free to look up the summer calender of last year…just click on Calender and hover the mouse over dates for that month, then click to go in…
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Nasturtiums are now in bloom outside, despite the rain. This one is pot planted outside the veranda and is slowly winding its’ way over pieces of driftwood, stone and Herb Robert.
Our lives are full of clutter. A garden is a retreat and a permaculture garden is a perfect, food-bearing retreat, created for almost no money investment…just time and an opening of the senses. Plants like London Pride, featured here, are so very easy to transplant from snippets and cuttings.
Chives this morning in the vegetable garden, but these have been planted all over the gardens and are great visuals.
The long-flowering Columbine growing in the vegetable garden…a good Bee and pollinator insect attractant.
Density of planting…the essence of permaculture.
Flowers…just flowers and endless beauty!
Blackcurrants ripening in the sun this morning. Writing this a short time later, the sun has gone back into hiding!
Plums on one of the many fruit trees at Bealtaine this morning…a good harvest is promised!
The many Apple trees are growing heavy with fruit.
It’s raining this morning and the plants that self-seed in the gravel are continuing to drink. This is Valerian, which loves the limestone gravel and grows from seed scattered into the stones. It’s beginning to flower and will continue to flower all the way through the summer.
Columbine is coming through the gravel around the Valerian. Seedlings like this usually do very well when potted on.
The Phototinia on the driveway suffered badly during the severe weather last winter, but it’s making a good recovery, with lots of new growth making a show.
Lots of berries are coming through on the Ivy…and there’s lots of Ivy all through the gardens. Possibly the sign of a cold winter ahead?
Gunnera Manicata grows easily under the Cherry tree, with no loss on the Cherry production. Dense planting is an essential part of permaculture…with definitely NO chemicals to control ANYTHING!