The dye garden in August

Over the summer we have continued to develop the garden with some more paths, new plants and general maintenance which included a lot of watering to keep things alive. When two sycamore trees were felled we had a ready supply of wood chip for the paths and some logs to make simple seats for the gardeners.

Storing the flower heads

We have been collecting the flower heads of four plants: coreopsis, rudbeckia, chamomile and cosmos. These have been harvested over a few weeks now and left to dry out in open paper bags. We are also starting to save seed from these plants. It will be interesting to compare the colour extracted from dried flower heads to fresh.