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 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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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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My July Garden

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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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My June Garden

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Hello everyone, today I am sharing all the plants in the garden that have come into season so far in June. I would say that around this time of year our flower garden is starting to get just around its peak (I consider it full peak when the clematises are blooming, which they have not started to do so far). Both the gardens are buzzing with busy bees and we have a terrific amount of irises and oriental poppies, which make up the majority of the flower show right now. And you can check out my last post on gardening here.

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My Garden

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Hello everyone, this year I have been working extra hard on the gardens. We have two gardens, the one in the front yard is our flower garden and the one in the backyard is our vegetable and herb garden. I won’t dwell on the vegetable garden as there is very little dye potential there… More cooking potential which will be of more interest to me at harvest time.

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Making a Shirt

Alright here is my first post about making clothing (in detail)! Before now all of my posts have just sort of haphazardly mentioned at the end of posts – basically just blips. No substance. And I thought that the shirt that I just finished making was worth talking about in detail so here we go.

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