Hello! This past summer-fall I have been reading about collecting seeds from plants as it extends the magic of plants as well as my involvement with them which is incredibly appealing to me. I have dabbled in collecting seeds a bit before. Last year I collected a few Sweet Pea, Snapdragons, and Lavender seeds. These were spontaneous collecting and I know that sounds odd, but I just sort of picked them up as I noticed that they were there in the garden. Or in the case of the lavender as I was taking the flowers off of the dried stalks I noticed small black seeds accumulating at the bottom of the dish So this year I tried collecting more seeds all in the name of amazement and magic!
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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.
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Hello everyone! I cannot believe that it is already September but it is. And with the month the garden is looking strong in some parts and weak in others as it always does because it is hard to get a good full season show. Though the season is not over school is beginning soon for me again and I know I will not have enough much time to muck about in the garden so I am trying my best to clean up the last few things in the garden before school starts. Like taking out some over-grown daylilies, moving a couple of last plants in hopes of a better year next year, and beginning to harvest things. Through all the work there are still a few new flowers that are blooming which is exciting! But I can’t deny that the growing season is winding down. Which saddens me, however I am beginning to savor the days again as the trees are beginning to turn yellow and fall to the ground.
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Hello everyone, today I am sharing the results for three dye tests. This time round was a bit different because each test used (or attempted at using) a different natural dye technique. Today on the test menu is dried orange geranium petals, dried orange daylilies, and fresh yarrow leaves. The results I got were surprising for some and disappointing for others. Some colours were bright while others were meek and pale but all belonged to the warm colour family.
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Hello everyone, I can’t believe that it is July already! I’m not sure about you but June seemed like a long month to me. But I am excited that it is finally July as the vegetable garden really started to take off in the last week of June and everything is growing at super speed now. I was away that week and I was amazed when I came back at how much everything had grown, I think that happens to every gardener in summertime. As for the front garden the big exotic irises and poppies have finished flowering and have been replaced with other beautiful flowers, like snap dragons!
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Hello everyone, sorry for my absence but I was away for a week. I was in the beloved Saskatchewan that I was talking about in my last post. It was a week of “relaxation”. I put that in quotation marks as I did a lot of reading, painting, and I finished up a stitching project. So I had a bit to do but not quite as much as I usually do. And now I am back, feeling recharged and ready to take this time by storm. More like I’m ready to get back into making clothes again and finish a couple of other projects.
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