As Solstice approaches…

17 Jun



As the longest day approaches everything in Nature is full of vitality and bursting with energy. The weather is good… not as hot as our recent heatwave which suits me…and probably most Irish people better. I don’t think we are genetically disposed to very hot weather…most of us wilt when it gets above 23 or 24c.



Cherries are starting to swell on the trees. It’s looking good for Apple and Plum harvests too…and of course the Blackcurrants never let us down. Even in the recent bad Summers the Blackcurrants came up trumps. The seem to like the conditions here in the north-west. Lots of freezing, jamming and chutney making to be done later it seems.



In the polytunnel the first bed is made.



The first thing to be planted was a Mexican Midget tomato. It already has flowers so shouldn’t be too long before we get lovely little sweet Tomatoes here. Several varieties of Lettuce, Basil, Rocket, Chervil and Dill were planted plus 3 more Tomato plants. That’s that bed full…time to get another one constructed.



In the front garden Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)  is in flower beside the pond. Not one of my favourite shrubs but I can’t see us taking it out either…but then again maybe we will. Andy isn’t a big fan of it either.



Within the pond the Water Lily has been teasing us for days with it’s semi-open blooms.



Under the shelter of the verandah  the Clematis has burst into flower.  Not the dark purple I’d like but still quite pretty. It’s one of the plants the previous owners planted here. Maybe I will replace it in the Winter with Clematis jackmanii my absolute favourite Clematis.



On the lane the Hawthorn flowers are just going over. Soon they will make little Haws which will light up the hedgerows with their vibrant red come Autumn.  The cycle of the year continues…as it always does.


31 Responses to “As Solstice approaches…”

  1. Shawndra Miller June 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Beautiful place you have! Thanks for tending it so lovingly and sharing it with us.

  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View June 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Everything is looking summery…love that pond and wonderful veggies will be coming soon. Happy Summer! We are supposed to get hot temps finally the first day of summer.

  3. river mama June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    What a lovely garden…filled with wonder and beauty 🙂

  4. Beth June 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    So beautiful and so green! I love all the pictures 🙂

  5. Mizz Winkens June 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Your garden looks divine! I especially love your pond. It’s so pretty.

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks! It was made by the previous owners of our house. It’s full of wildlife too.

  6. Rambling Woods June 18, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Oh yes summertime…. Michelle

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 6:28 am #

      …and the living is easy.

  7. elaine June 18, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Nice to see your polytunnel up and running – you’ll soon be back to your old form. Your garden is certainly coming along nicely – let’s hope that the solstice brings summer with it.

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 6:27 am #

      Has’nt been bad so far this year really. Don’t want it too hot.

  8. Anny June 18, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    You can really feel the energy in the plants at the moment, it’s almost heady.

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      It certainly is…all that energy transfers to us too I think. Everyone feels better at this time of year.

  9. Anne Wilson June 18, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Your garden is looking good, I love your pond, I have tried to grow clematis here but they don’t seem to like our soil which is ph neutral, the only one that is growing for me is the old faithful Montana.

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      After Jackmanii Clematis Montana would be my next favourite.

  10. Jane June 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    It never ceases to amaze me that a tiny seed is planted in the ground and grows to feed us.
    Now, we just need the heat to boost our very short growing season.
    Jane x

    • bridget June 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      It is quite amazing really when one stops to think about it. Hope all’s well in your neck of the woods.
      Bridget x.

  11. compostwoman June 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    It is a wonderful time of year, isn’t it? Everything seems to just want to grow for us 🙂

    Solstice blessings for this upcoming weekend 🙂

    • bridget June 19, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      It is the best time, everything so full of life. Hope you have a lovely Solstice time too.

  12. Linne June 19, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Reblogged this on A Random Harvest and commented:
    Hugelkultur in Ireland! Thought a couple of you might be interested . . . 🙂

  13. quarteracrelifestyle June 19, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    You have a beautiful garden!

  14. Rambling Woods June 19, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Years ago I used to put up jams with my Mother-in-law….that brought back good memories for me..Michelle

    • bridget June 19, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Never heard it expressed that way. It works though as one is literally putting up for when the season of plenty is over.

  15. narf77 June 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I have extreme garden envy! As a horticulturalist living on the other side of the world (Tasmania) where we get very little rain over our summer months (3 rain events all summer long last summer and summer lasted for 5 months!) I can only dream of having a lush green garden like you. At best I could cover the ground with dry climate ground covers still it’s great to peek over your “neighbours” fence, even if they do live on the other side of the world :). That snowball bush that you and your husband don’t like is extremely hardy and grows here unwatered through the summer. I can only begin to imagine a place where you could fill that gap easily 😉

    • bridget June 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Can’t imagine so little rain. I like the rain and how it renews and refreshes everything. I suppose where we’re born gives each of us a different reality. Enjoy sunshiny Tasmania.

  16. islandthreads June 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    it’s all looking lovely Bridget, so much lushness, sunrise, sunset, time rolls on, Frances

    • bridget June 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      As the saying goes “time and tide wait for no one.” We need to make the most of each and every day.
      Solstice blessings,

  17. KL June 20, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Oh! your garden looks so fabulous, so interesting, lots of things to see and observe and enjoy. Ah! I wish I had so much place to plant so many trees and ponds.

  18. june June 20, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Everything looks absolutely beautiful, Bridget. You are truly blessed and gifted with many green fingers, and the earth thanks you for all the life and colour you bring with every seed and bulb and tree you plant.

    In honour of the summer solstice, here’s a poem I found that is quite beautiful in its imagery and celebration of the life-giving sun, written by Jehanne Mehta.


    To light the sunfire in this land

    We carry a torch, we carry a brand.

    To kindle the sunfire in all hearts

    We offer our song we offer our dance.

    When swirling flames with red tongues fly

    And grey smoke billows to the sky,

    What hold us back shall burn away

    In the singing sunfire of midsummers day

    • bridget June 20, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Hi June,
      thanks once again for your kind words. Just love that poem. I shall have to use it in a post…share the beauty of the lines.
      Solstice blessings to you both,
      Bridget xx.

      • june June 20, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        You’re very welcome, Bridget.

        Here is another beautiful poem wrtten by Jehanne entitled ‘Solstice,’ that touched me deeply.



        What do we want of this summer solstice,
        this high point of the sun,
        this sun that opens us to
        out there, where the sky is widest,
        blue, swept clean by the gyring flight of
        this sun that lets us out of the
        narrow rib cage, the constricting bone,
        so the heart overflows
        like poppies, pimpernel
        and the abundant clusters of sweet
        lime flowers?

        What do we want of this high sun,
        but warmth, but a light to ignite
        the only flame worth the candle,
        in the thrash of the hard,
        the drag of this down, misshapening
        the only flame to take us over
        and through,
        right into our own central sun?

        You said it:
        the fire of love.

        Solstice salutations and blessings to you, Andy, Lettie and Freddie, and all who share your patch of paradise with you.

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