The birds appear to have wakened in the cool of evening, filling the air with song and calls, as though they’d spent the day in the shade of the nest, keeping still and cool.
The grass paths are mowed in the upper gardens and plants cut back to allow safe passage.
This is Ireland at her best, with long cool evenings complete with blue sky until nearly the witching hour. Just as the fragrant roses have gone over on the veranda, archways of roses burst into being.
Roses and Virginia Creeper support one another in a frenzy of growth.
Less than a week until the Midsummer Solstice and the Earth knows.
She sings a song of endless summer days and green abundance.
Seeds are forming.
Fruit develops and ripens.
Blackcurrants darken and plump out.
Geraniums spill out from under Blackcurrant bushes.
Lady’s Mantle flowers and falls over, drunk with summer!
And the Bealtaine Angel is surrounded by rose petals at Summer Cottage.
There is a real problem here today with water, that is, lack of it!
Imagine saying that in April in Ireland…it would have seemed improbable only a few years ago, but this is the real state of affairs here at Bealtaine this morning!
The water in the spring well has dropped to a low that lowers the pressure on the gravity fed supply.
If you look at the ground around the arch, it appears quite dry.
Lunaria, Honesty, or Moon Pennies growing around the pathway.
This is a biennial plant that grows easily from seed and produces the most beautiful disc-shaped seed heads in the autumn, hence the name.
Bees love them as they are some of the earliest flowers in the garden.
If you look closely you can see some of the seedheads forming…
I have planted some of the pot growns from the tunnel out into the garden in an attempt to save them from drying out and dying…hopefully this will work as I prepared the beds some time ago and the moisture content in them should be high.
The tunnel is too hot to work in…so one just has to sit it out!
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Found this morning on a bank at Bealtaine…the first Orchid of the year and I think this is the Green Winged Orchid that can be found only in occasional habitats here in Ireland. The flowers should open up today…when I shall take another pic and post later…it’s exciting!
The flower head of Lunaria, (Honesty) is about to open…one of my favourite flowers.
Cherry Blossom this morning.
All these photos show a richness, an abundance…which is strange considering the fact I am a pauper, a word I laugh heartily at! Abundance is what happens when you start to give. It’s a form of energy. Perhaps the energy that was alluded to in all the Creation Myths. The Garden of Eden story for example. Anyone who has visited Bealtaine will have experienced Abundance. Everything has to be shared simply because there is so much of it. The more I give away, the more grows…and with less and less effort!
Apple blossom today at Bealtaine…just when I thought that last year was a bumper crop of all time, the same trees are heavy with blossom promising even more…Abundance!
One of the Plum Trees in blossom today…
One of the many Blackthorn Trees in blossom this morning…plentiful Sloes this Autumn!