Stormy weather has given way to a sunny evening.
The Red maple has caught the glow, offering glimpses of days to come, for summer seems close at hand.
The spring has lingered and time seems out of step with expectation.
One day it’s flooding and the next there’s a hurricane blowing!
I heard someone say to expect frost at night this week…I hope not, as I’ve planted a lot of seedlings out!
The tunnel has escaped the ravages of the crazy weather and the Grapevine is coming into leaf.
Herb Robert carpets the ground underneath the vine.
This is a perfect ground-cover, as the root system is very delicate and shallow, so doesn’t take much from the earth.
I caught the boys in here sunbathing in the warmth and out of the wind…
They are inseparable! Che-Mousey follows Sammy-Bear everywhere.
He was very lonely before Sammy-Bear joined us…
The plan is to save masses of seed this year and already the Lunaria is developing tiny seed-heads.
If you look closely, you can see the seed-heads and a beautiful bee doing her work!
These will expand to become “Moon-Pennies”
The lovely thing about Lunaria is that once you introduce it into your garden it will spread year upon year…it is a most generous flower and so loved by bees.
This is Lunaria growing by the laurel arch today.
The heavenly scent is trapped in the archway and makes a visit to the herb garden and tunnel a joy!
Valerian and Columbine have the same generous, spreading habit and all beloved by the bees…
Both are growing freely by Buddha…neither one planted, but self-seeded in the gravel.
The Apple blossom has opened fully today.
It’s 8pm as I finish writing and the sky outside the window by the desk is a perfect summer blue, making it hard to believe that frost lies ahead! Important! Message from Terri:
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It is the eve of Bealtaine at Bealtaine Cottage and so I am celebrating 8 years of permaculture here at the cottage! Summer is upon us once again and the Earth is busy producing the harvest of the coming season… The flowers of the Chives have already made an appearance and these are just so gorgeous in salads. Chives is also very easy to grow, forming lovely clumps as above and producing edible leaves and flowers that replace the traditional Spring Onion for me!
Yesterday afternoon was spent cutting the grass, regarded as a harvest and used in compost and as mulching. The by product of all this harvest is neat grass paths upon which to walk!
Lots of beautiful “weeds,” …what do you think? Here is today’s video…focusing on the woodland and what grows down there!
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There is a sacred space here at Bealtaine Cottage, an ancient place that evolved at such a speed, that I quickly realised there was magic in this little corner of the land.
Above is one of the six entrances to what became known as the Fairy Wood…not my name for it, but bestowed upon it by visiting children.
Children are more in tune with the land than we, for they see and hear on a more profound level.
Sedge in the Fairy Wood As I planted and observed the land, I could see the influence this little place had on the bare land around it.
Slowly, over one thousand trees filled the space, with plants like the Sedge, above, planted alongside paths I created to wind in and out of trees.
Fairy Wood at Bealtaine Cottage As I planted, so the Fairy wood evolved and her life energy seemed to emanate from deep within the earth itself.
This was co-creation at it’s most magical and inspiring.
Primroses and Celandines have emerged.
The land is packed with magic indeed.
The Sidhe are watchful as I work here.
One of the entrances overlooks the polytunnel.
Some pruning and cutting back has taken place here recently to allow more light onto the woodland floor, where rewards are plentiful.
There is an atmosphere and intrigue experienced as one walks through this lovely sacred space.
An entire bank of Herb Robert in flower.
Another entrance to the Fairy Wood…the essence of permaculture is being able to let go.
The secret is to allow Mother Nature free reign over all of her subjects…she really does know best.
I simply tidy up around her, paying attention to her promptings to do this and that…
Young Beech, planted a couple of years ago, droops low over Ferns and more Herb Robert.
And the exit from this womb-like place takes one straight out into sunshine…a beautiful birthing!
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