An Irish Cottage Garden and Homestead in Spring

The promise of peaches growing outdoors in the west of Ireland, another Bealtaine Cottage first! Blossom on these home grown trees, grown from seed, is looking good. So far, with only the first month behind us, this has been a remarkable Spring! New Bird Boxes have been added to the rich habitat, now in its fifteenth year on these three acres. The interior of the tunnel has been remodelled  to create a sanctuary in which to enjoy being in the garden, even in very wet weather! Sanctuaries are much needed in today’s world! The plastic has been washed inside and…

Early December in a Permaculture Garden

The shelled seed-heads of Lunaria… beautiful, ethereal, delicate additions to winter foliage arrangements. The seeds are now packed and ready to post out all over the world. Lunaria, commonly known as Honesty, is an early flowering annual flower, but, once seeded into your garden, spreads and re-seeds itself with wild abandon! This simple arrangement stands in a recycled, lace covered, jam jar! I went shopping yesterday, to the second-hand market and bought this fruit bowl for 4 euros. I love the simple sponged design, beautiful in its simplicity. The veranda has been swept this morning…but don’t look too closely, as…