Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime green. And finally, finally the garden stirs into full life. “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet…

The Spirit of Bealtaine

Even though the day has been drizzly, most of it has been spent out on the land, cutting, pruning and clearing. The paths need cutting back to keep them open. It’s hard work, but there’s lots of brushwood and thicker bits for the stove. Leaves are laying a thick and colourful carpet on the ground. It’s good to be outdoors. The air is invigorating! The light is more silvery and as the trees shed their leaves, more can be touched by the low autumn sun. The Goat Willow has grown remarkably well over the past ten years, creating canopy and…

Gardens in Early May

Growth in the gardens has really taken off! I was away for the weekend in Belfast and returned last night. Making coffee and doing my early morning stroll of the gardens, coffee in one hand and camera in the other, it was a revelation…everything has grown and spread since Friday! No wonder, as a mix of rain and warmth has created the perfect conditions for plants. It’s always a pleasure to walk out on a May morning. It is primarily because of the growth as we ascend towards Midsummer. The days continue to stretch before us and the promise of…

Visiting Bealtaine Cottage…

Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage have been welcomed in their thousands over the past ten years. Many have become good friends. I have enjoyed sharing Bealtaine Cottage with foot visitors from all over the world, as well as over half a million through the website. Increasing amounts of my time have been spent happily showing visitors around the three acres of gardens. However, as the website has grown in popularity, I get more and more requests from people who want to visit the cottage and gardens. A decision simply had to be made, to draw a line under visits, instead, opening…

Cottage and Gardens

Morning at Bealtaine Cottage is a lazy affair as far as the cats are concerned. No sooner do I get out of bed than the cats find a warm spot to snooze away the morning! The morning was dry and with no threat of rain, it was important to get into the garden and get some more work done. Most of the work is coppicing and logging, to make a new wood pile, ready for next winter. I am yet to get down to the Bog Garden and clear around the ponds and besides which, my waders have sprung a…