Monday, February 24, 2014

And the Red-Winged Blackbirds begin to Sing

As spring approaches, my dye garden is beginning to green-up a little. The weld has established its basel rosettes for the second year which means "harvest time" later this summer. My madder, though seemingly killed by frost, is starting to shake off the winter blahs. (The real value of the plant lies underneath the top of the soil in the roots.) Last year, I tried my then three year old roots in the dye pot. They were raw and undried. They dyed beautifully! That color is only going to get better with each passing year. My dye plant supplier has given me a list of what she will have for me come April. I can't wait to add to my existing plant collection.