It’s not often that I dedicate an entire blog to the driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, but today is totally about that most viewed and often ignored part of the gardens.
The driveway is an integral part of the gardens as it is not only the entrance to the cottage but the corridor of connection between the cottage and the rest of the land.
Trees like this Hazel… Providing clean air!
Cotoneaster gives flowers, colour in autumn and food for the birds during the winter.
This lane-way will never suffer the suffocation of tarmac…and seeds will continue to germinate in the gravel.
Beech, Laurel, Buddleia and Box all grow shoulder to shoulder!
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The evening approaches…
Taking Jack out for a walk was pleasant as the air was still and warm.
One of the first real signs of Spring is birdsong…excessive birdsong…morning, noon and evening!
The gardens here at Bealtaine are taking on some extraordinary colours as the spring proceeds.
White, cream, shades of pink and amber…all these colours represent the life force awakening!
Jack is driven mad with scents…of the badger, hare, frog, all traversing the ground as the earth awakens!
Buds are beginning to appear on one of the Pear trees near the cottage.
The young Lilac tree has a thickening of green buds.
Moss that has spent the winter covering the ground, is beginning to loosen and rise in clumps, as the grass beneath it pushes upwards, towards the light.
Catkins hang majestically from the Hazel trees.
The leaves of the Blackcurrant are opening.
Autumn is a good time to let the girls out to roam freely all over the smallholding…and roam they do!
And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.” ~Art Buchwald, 1970
Beech planted with Bamboo.
Close planting is one of the ways to keep unwanted weeds at bay!
If you look closely you can see Cotoneaster planted to the right.
It is easier to thin plants out than wait for them to grow!
In the true style of the Economic Terrorist I grew all these trees from seed.
That’s what I love about growing and gardens and Nature…there is no consumerism and everything continues to grow.
The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied… but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. ~John Berger
My father died in April of last year.
Dad loved this smallholding and bought me a sack full of bare-rooted saplings to plant here.
All the Beech trees, including this Purple Beech are a testament to his love for Nature and the environment we make within.
As these trees turn marvellous shades of reds and browns, I smile and remember my father…
Forethought and temperance are the virtues which produced thrift, and with thrift the economic progress of society. And those are the virtues which today are gravely compromised. ~Adriano Tilgher