This top photo gives a before of the South gardens, an area that will be worked on later this Summer and does need plenty tender care as this is in front of the Centre and has had many machines and the like working there.
As Summer Solstice shows her Fire and close connection with Water, we really connect with this transformational time. Some early planted trees and plants are coming into flower and luxuriant leaf, like this Hibiscus and Magnolia.
I have put some of the Orchard and the very newly planted trees. It is difficult to see, but in time these views will be different. It is exciting and so inspiring to see the amazing brilliance of MULCH. Everything that we have planted we have added much organic matter including good layers of mulch. Mainly coming in the form of leaf mulch and estrume\manure. What is especially fabulous about it is that it helps to conserve water and so we are not needing to water the trees and plants as often. In fact once a week in most cases is enough and in some even longer (Vegetables and smaller herbs this is a different story). With good water and nutrient holding capacity at the base of the plant, we are saving a huge amount of water. When a plant does not have mulch it will need water most days, I have experimented and it is clear as day! Most that we have planted received an extra Solstice treat this week of large nourishing amounts of Comfrey and Seaweed maceration. Gets smelly!
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia