Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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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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My 2017 Garden

 

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Hello everyone, where has the summer gone? That time just flew by. Also after such a long absence I don’t really know where to begin. I suppose I could start by saying that one of the reasons for my lack of posting this summer was because I went WWOOFing, which is basically a farm volunteer experience where you do labour in exchange for food and shelter. And that experience gave me some new perspectives and directions for the future. Anywhos’… This meant that I was away from my garden during its best show time. Which is generally June and the beginning of July, when the Irises and Oriental Poppies are abundant. And I don’t know if I could bear being away for that again. It makes me feel too guilty, as no gardener wants to truly miss out on their gardens peak, and this resulted in me feeling a bit less motivated when I came back.

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Planning My 2017 Garden

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It is within the first few days of the new year and I am already starting to plan my garden(s). I am very excited, I have my photos of last years gardens printed and labeled, I have gone through my seeds to see what it is that I need and what I still have left over, and figured out what the big new additions will be in the garden this year.

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Natural Dye Test no. 11 of 2016

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Hello everyone, today is the last and final dye tests of 2016. When I look at that number I don’t think it looks like very much, but then for most of those posts you have to multiply by three because most posts equal three dye tests. So really I did thirty-three dye tests. That’s a high number. Think I can beat that in 2017? Anyways this post is four dye tests.

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My September Garden

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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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Natural Dye Sample Tests no.8 of 2016

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Hello everyone today is another round of natural dye tests. This time round I tested two different colours of clematis petals, one was a pale purple-pink colour and the other was a royal purple, and I did a solar dyeing test using petals that I only had bits and bobs of. This week I was determined to do a solar dye test that was committed. I feel as though the two other times I attempted it I didn’t want to commit materials to the tests. Mainly because I am such a fan of bundle dyeing, and I know that solar dyeing is the cousin of the bundle dye… And I may happen to have a favourite cousin out of the two… But this week I was committed to do a test full of gusto! And some of the results were surprisingly pigmented whereas others were anemic. But doesn’t that seem like how most of my tests go?

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My August Garden

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Hello everyone, august is here and it is time to see what is new in the garden since last month. I love the mid-summer flowers that start appearing in the garden because they tend to be the ones with the deeper and more vivid colours. However the gardens were hit by a hailstorm at the end of July and things looked a little depleted for a handful of days but then things started to perk up again! So let’s see what’s growing!

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