Dye Garden June 2021

The coreopsis appears to have survived the recent stormy weather and is growing on strongly. It will be needed for a Dyelab workshop in July so hoping to see some flower buds soon.

Lots of weld seedlings which will need thinning out. These will provide a harvest for next year. Weld is an essential plant for the dye garden as it produces a strong yellow dye which has good list fastness properties.

Walnut Solar Dye Pot

Walnut is a dye stuff that can be used on both animal and vegetable fibre without a mordant. Once you have set up the dye bath, add your fibre and leave it to take up the colour. With a solar dye bath, you might leave it for a week say….or longer perhaps.

A friend has sent in some dried walnut husks from her garden. These will leach a lot of colour when rehydrated.

The husks have been mixed with hot water and will be left on a sunny windowsill to encourage the colour into the water.

Back From Lockdown

March 2021

At last, work can restart on the dye garden after a year of absence.

Most of the plants have survived the very dry season last year. But some areas will need replanting and weeding.

A larger patch of comfrey has been planted, teasel and cornflower seed has been sprinkled so hoping for some warm weather and spring rain to see them germinate.

A peacock butterfly was spotted sunbathing near the garden