Happy Beltane Eve!

Today I had one of those afternoons that reminds me of being a little girl. I spent time with my favorite 82-year-old friend in Goshen at her lovely lakefront home. Before heading over there, I had a real flashback to childhood May Day celebrations when, for some reason, I always felt compelled to gather violets into old strawberry baskets handwoven and tied with ribbons, delivering these in the predawn hours on neighbors’ porches. This afternoon, I gathered a salad full of wild violet leaves and flowers for David and me, but then picked another bag to gift to my friend. This extra bag of edible flowers and nature’s tender “lettuce” was an even bigger hit than her requested bag of dandelion greens!


Salad with violets

Unbeknownst to me as a little girl, May Day represents a celebration of flowers and ribbons, and Beltane’s fire festival honors the Earth in preparation for an abundant growing season. Looking out on our wild new yard today, I saw a meadow in full bloom with a harvest I didn’t plant. When we lived in Madison, we had a couple wild violet plants that barely flowered yet still allowed for occasional salad touches. We had both longed for more violets than we knew what to do with. Well! Ask and you shall receive. The below photo shows only a tiny portion of the violets currently dancing their purple and white flowers around our yard:

Wild violets in our yard

To my surprise, we also have the tulips I mentally requested in the dead of winter:


Squirrels or someone with a quirky sense of natural style planted tulips and daffodils in the strangest places around our property. I’ve enjoyed watching them burst into color along with the dandelions, violets and creeping Charlie. Speaking of plants responding to my mental requests, today, my 82-year-old friend gave me three blackberry canes to replant in our yard. That request only just went out! We now have blackberries working double duty as fruit bearers and bramble discouragement to people cutting through our yard. Our landlord is working on the back fence for squash and melons as I type, and tomorrow we will actually put soil into the raised beds.

This yard will take some major work to turn into the wild, permaculture, medicinal, 4-season garden, faery haven in my mind. I have spent weeks hauling mulch from huge piles into foot deep beds and hugelkultur in various spots across the yard. Mulch is freakin’ heavy!!!! This weekend, I had just begun to wonder if I am not completely off my rocker to have taken on such an ambitious project, but the colorful bursts of flowers and huge harvests of free greens have changed my tune. I remembered that I made a pact with the Spirits of the Land to honor this forgotten piece of property and love it into a productive, beautiful, healing relationship with humans. I can feel the faeries smiling. Our yard is wild, but happy right now. And so am I.

Beltane Blessings and Happy May Day!

Salad with flowers

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Christine on May 1, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Thank You Laura for this Wonderful Message with Beautiful Pictures. Happy Beltane to You as well. Blessed Be…..


  2. Whjat a beautiful gift for Beltane Eve, dear Laura ! I re-blogged this article with all the lovely photos of our Springtime-Feast ! Thank you so much ! (Contra)Mary This Article is reblogged on “Illumination Now” and Qerbeet to which the link is ::::: :::


  3. […] Posted April 30, 2013 by laurabruno in Uncategorized. Tagged: Beltane, Dandelion Greens, Edible Flowers, Edible Weeds, May Day, Wild Edibles, Wild Violets. Leave a Comment […]


  4. […] to two Blogs I enjoy following that are celebrating Beltane in their own unique and special ways: Laura Bruno and Lucinda Warner. Enjoy!  How will you be celebrating Beltane in your part of the […]


  5. Blessed Beltane.I posted a similar post of our foraged violet salad plus pics of our bonfire 🙂


  6. Lovely! Thanks for sharing and Happy Beltane!


  7. Posted by Cheryl on May 3, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Laura – this is awesome – and so wildly beautiful. Excited to tell you that my son left today for his 6 week adventure woofing in Hawaii – he is in LA boarding the flight to Hawaii right now. He’s going to a place where there are 3 farms and a permanent population of people & families living there in community. Should be quite an exciting adventure for him. =)


  8. Cheryl, that’s wonderful news! And when he’s done there, he can just hop, skip and jump over to one of my favorite permaculture farms in Australia: http://milkwoodpermaculture.com.au/milkwood-farm/working-at-milkwood … They offer wooffing opportunities now, too! You’re my second Hawaii news today, too. Please send my congrats!


  9. Posted by Cheryl on May 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Too funny because Australia is next on his wish list!!! I will share this for sure. Thanks!


  10. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    What a difference three years has made! Happy Beltane from Faery Hof and Haus Am See, where the red tulips are *still* blooming their hearts out, and unlike this 2013 post when the faery haven yard existed primarily in my imagination, we have flowers and trees and abundance everywhere! Beltane Blessings to the Land and Her people!


  11. beautiful! speaking of dandelions, i was enjoying my favorite tea this morning – organic dandelion and vanilla from Republic of Tea…will text you a photo. sync wink 😉 happy beltane and may the faery magick continue in abundantly surprising ways ❤


  12. LOL, got it now! xoxo ❤️

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  13. Reblogged this on Illuminations Now!!.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. I wrote a poem about Beltane in Ger,man and blogged it WaLPURGIS Die Nacht der Nächte http://wp.me/p2wHrN-45v HAVE IT TRANSLATED IT IS NICE AND DEEP1 CONTRAMARY

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  15. Lovely, ContraMary!


  16. Posted by manyhahama1955 on May 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Happy Spring, Laura! Sending big hugs to you! Thanks for sharing!


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