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Sunshine and Cuttings

It’s like the Mediterranean here at Bealtaine Cottage!

The sun is shining and the birds singing like it’s Spring…and it is!

This is the second month of Spring on the ancient Celtic calendar and it’s all true to form!

Those interested in the Fuchsia cuttings need to hurry and order, as they are fast coming into leaf…another couple of weeks left to get them in the ground and growing…and they will grow very fast indeed! To place your order, click on the link below…

http://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-for-sale/

 

Posted in Abundance, Country Living, Garden, Gardening, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Trees, Uncategorized, Wildlife

The True Gift of Permaculture!

Flo, the littlest hobo, follows me around today as I work in the gardens.

Another waif and stray who has found a home at Bealtaine Cottage.

She is a character for sure!

Today has been busy…baking, weeding and topping up the potatoes, as well as cutting down the comfrey and topping up the compost…yes indeed, I swing from one task to another with nothing between each except the soap and sink where I wash my hands!

This used to be a pathway, one of many that needs a good trimming.

No wonder that the compost heaps are brimming and the soil is so healthy…there is so much  to feed the soil with, it’s almost impossible to keep up!

Healthy abundance, the true gift of permaculture!

Monetary systems produce scarcity, Permaculture produces abundance, freely!

As I trim archways like this willow one, I throw the cuttings around a plant or tree, as a food and mulch.

In this way, the soil is built up and good bacteria is introduced into it as the cuttings decompose.

Permaculture…it is time…instead of weapons of destruction, we need to unleash weapons of creation and abundance.

Willow archways and the beautiful Purple Beech, a stunning and simple combination!

Here are the simple white-washed stones I wrote about a few weeks ago in this blog, down by the entrance gate near the road.

This little garden was put along by the fence and has settled in really well. All the plants are home-grown from either cuttings or seed.

The stones were collected up from the land, so the cost of this was zero!

Our true divinity is in our ability to create.

 

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Today at Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding…Start the Week!

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.

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Density of planting…the essence of permaculture.

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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.

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Ivy, Euphorbia, Angelica and more Orchids at Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding, Ireland.

The Ivy hangs in 3-4 metre tendrils on a tree in the Fairy Dell…Quite Magical!Euphorbia…this wonderful perennial comes up more lush every year and transplants easily…I started with a stolen cutting and now it dominates the April/May/June garden and beyond!Angelica, now at least 7 feet tall and with a massive spread. Medieval herbalists called it ‘Herba Angelica,’ meaning  ‘Angelic Plant.’ Traditionally it is supposed to flower on the 8th of May, which is the feast of Michael the Archangel. needless to add, Angelica possesses protective qualities. The seeds add flavour to Chartreuse Liqueur!The way up out from the Fairy Dell…Orchids continue to emerge all over Bealtaine Smallholding. I was asked by the Census Enumerator the other day if I used any chemicals here…where that came from is interesting! However, I simply told him to look around…there is far too much growing evidence of NO CHEMICALS HERE!Sunlight dapples the grass under the Blackthorn trees near the tunnel. The light dances on the ground as the Fairy trees gently sway in the breeze.