Yesterday I took my first long walk since losing Nikita. I did get close to tears at times, but then I spotted the black eyed susan, wild yarrow, queen anns lace and other pretty wild flowers. Natural dyeing just popped in my head-lol
I have dyed wool before with the yarrow and it gives a soft yellow. I have always wanted to collect the black eyed susan but time always got away from me in the past. I got out a couple of my books and learned that the flowers alone give a pretty green if the dye bath is prepared properly, and the stems and leaves give a really pretty yellow gold-this is also a long dye bath procedure to obtain the prettier colors. I did learn I could freeze or dry-so I went out this morning collected what I could and then prepared them for drying. I need to collect some more when I can.
I also had collected lots of mimosa leaves when I returned from Indiana. Our tree had just begun blooming which is when the leaves give up a colorfast pretty yellow. So today I was able to strip them from the main stem-when they finish drying in big paper bags I can finish stripping from the little stems. When I finished with that, I went out and collected a few more to dry. I love to dye with this and I also sell by the ounce in my Kathyinozark's Fiber Etsy Shop.
While sitting outdoors preparing the black eyed susan stems and flowers; I also grabbed my camera. Caught a photo of Miss Calico in her new favorite spot in the mornings, and also caught a photo of the hummingbirds too. I also have drying large sage leaves and I just picked oregano too for drying.
Photos first of mimosa, black eyed susan, kitty, and hummingbirds-and then a couple photos I took on my walk in the woods and herbs. Be sure to click on photos for full size
Black eyed susan photo from my walk in woods
Harvested and then sorting
Mimosa leaves partially dried now-and going in bags to finish up drying
Miss Calico's favorite spot-its in the shade all morning now, when the sun arrives she finds another shady spot
Look for the Hummingbird
Several Hummingbirds in this photo-can you find them all?
Below are photos I took from my walk-looked for flowers and grasses, I love unique spider webs too (no spiders in them)
I believe this to be wild yarrow, there were several white wild flowers blooming
Locals here just call this little daisy
Look close for cool spider web
This was a cool blade of grass-just one
lots of poison ivy this year all over
this was a pretty flower behind a cool spider web
wild blackberries a few just beginning to ripen now
little pond in one of the wildlife food plots
This is the large back pond-never saw it with these
colors before-looked like a painting
Hummingbird looks like a silhouette