Willow, pollarded and coppiced has made good growth too!
Crocosmia Montbretia is struggling to climb out from underneath the lush leaf growth. Both Che Mousey-Bear and Sammy-Bear have walked the gardens with me, despite the rain and the wet conditions.
Strange little fellows!
The branches I chopped earlier in the summer are almost ready to be stacked in wig-wam shape to dry out.
You can see from this photograph just how near the bedrock is to the surface of the land…I garden on very thin, poor soil on a north-facing slope!
Everything is grown from seed, so has a fighting chance of making it, despite the far from perfect conditions.
The new orchard is making good progress. I am keeping the ground well mulched as the trees, bushes and flowers find their feet!
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The storm rages on, as the weather is divided between weird and wonderful.
Sun, torrential rain, gale-force winds continue to ravage the North West of Ireland.
Sorrel is up in green clumps all over the gardens.
This is a tasty and nutritions herb and salad ingredient and also great for the famous French Sorrel soup!
Buds continue to thicken on the apple trees and there’s some early blossom about to open on the Redcurrants
The hens have settled in well and are laying eggs…that was much faster than I expected, so they must be happy!
Blossom is beginning to open on some of the Pear trees, despite the crazy weather and the temperatures remain quite high, even at night.
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A Permaculture plant is one that is perfectly suited to that space in nature, soil, climate, site, micro-climate, etc.,
A plant that is comfortable in that zone and one that adds to the bio-diversity possibilities on the land space you inhabit.
One that provides food, whether for yourself, animals, insects or the soil…thereby keeping the loop healthy and working.
Covered with tiny droplets of rain, this Cow Parsley looks exquisite, despite the fact that it is hated and despised by so many gardeners, yet home and food and shelter to so many insects.
I have vast tracts of Cow Parsley growing on my land.
It looks stunning when dusted with winter frost!
I noticed that there was a lot of this wild herb growing on the roads around the mountain of Kilronan this week.
It looked spectacular in the mountain light.
This wind spiral catches energy moving through the woodland of the Fairy Dell.
This is a spot that everyone refuses to visit or even walk through after sunset…
Fairies inhabit this little bit of woodland.
A woodland zone is a vital part of the Permaculture Plan…
Last night the Harvest Moon rose over my Permaculture Vegetable Garden.
The sky was clear and the air crisp as the moonlight illuminated my path back across the grass from the compost heap.
I watched them move, sweeping across the mountains from the Atlantic Ocean, bringing fresh, clean water to my garden.
I have lit the stove in the kitchen and filled it with Turf and logs.
As I write this I can smell them drying…time for tea, I’m thinking!
Evening at Bealtaine Cottage and the the night is drawing in.
The sunshine of this morning ebbed and flowed all day, like the waves on the strand at Rosses Point, as the sun dipped in and out of rolling clouds that occasionally deposited rain.
Strange weather, but the day was passed in constructive ways.
I sorted out the recycling, washing out cans and finding all sorts of uses for them.
They make great tea-light holders, piercing holes in the sides using a hammer and nail to make patterns.
The one above sits atop the hot stove, filled with water and essential oils, that emits small wisps of fragranced steam into the cottage.
Vases were dusted…
…as the dogs played in the porch, rearranging their beds as you can see…
At least the continual drizzle keeps all growing and lush…
And the veranda means that I can enjoy the outdoors despite the weather!
Gentle rain falls from the sky between bright sunshine and winds that swirl the clouds above.
This is a lovely weekend.
Flowers and seed-heads adorn the interior of the cottage.
Lovage wine is being prepared in the kitchen.
Today’s video is simply the sounds of a day in late June, 2012, as the heavy rains subside and the sun breaks through. Enjoy!
Fruit, flowers and vegetables are all in abundance in the permaculture smallholding of Bealtaine.
Roses are in over-production and some are well on their way to becoming the wonderful, vitamin-C packed hips of harvest for the Autumn.
Missy continues to direct operations, while listening to the calls of the Pheasant on the hill behind the cottage.
Pumpkin plants are making their way up along bends of Willow, as Peas vie for their territory along the same climbing frames.
All is in full growth and bloom as the day turns into a weekend of stillness and calm after the high winds and heavy rains of previous days!
Today’s video link…