New Year in the Garden
The weather has been so warm and sunny it feels like summer. Everything's green and blooming. Lilacs in the second week of April?
I've prepared the balcony garden and have even been seduced by this warm spell into sowing the seeds now. This year I'm sowing straight into the outside containers and I'm growing woad, yellow cosmos and weld. Just one or two plants of each. It may not be enough for dyeing but I simply want to see what they look like when they grow. This is all gathering of experience for a real dye garden one day.
My madder survived the winter. It failed to thrive last year, probably because I had to keep it in a sun-less spot. This year I've reserved a prime location for it.
Oh and the woad seeds (on the left in the picture) are the most beautiful inky purple black colour.
Next week I'll show you the latest in the sea series. Shells and seaweed.
Labels: dye garden