The evening sun floods the flowers in the East Garden at Bealtaine Cottage. The Pear in the foreground was wind damaged back in the late Spring, but I have left it to grow as it will do nicely for Chutney!
The grapevine, grown from a cutting about four years ago, has produced well this season. This was pruned hard at the end of the winter and then lightly at the end of spring. Well developed bunches of grapes have set and continue to thrive.
Seven years ago this space was a wet, rushy field that hosted a rather angry looking cow…that was on the first day I spied Bealtaine, as it was to become known.
Here was the upper field where the orchards are now!
There is a pic somewhere on all these posts of that very angry cow, poor thing!
Lots of mulching, planting and mulching later, here is the same field…mad, isn’t it?
I know I’m always singing the praises of permaculture, but there is no other method I could have followed in order to make this transformation on my own.
The Ladys Mantle has just done its ‘spill thing,’ as you can see…I love this, as it grows beside one of the water bins.
Grapes and Poppies in the tunnel.
Permaculture works on so many different levels and in all situations, even here on the gravel driveway.
The reason why Permaculture works so well lies in it’s simplicity and economy…encouraging us to use what is already around us.
It’s about purposeful living born out of observation of and compassion toward Mother Earth.
Working in harmony with Mother Earth, your investment grows year on year.
There’s not a bank on Earth can guarantee that!
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The beautiful Sage in flower in the tunnel. My big drive this year is focused on seed saving, hence the amount of tall and flowering plants in the tunnel. This Sage plant is strong and prolific…ideal to save seeds from!
Now that the grapes have set it is time to prune and cut back before too much of the plants’ vigour is used up and diverted away fro developing the fruit.