Sunday Musings

 

Today was a gardening day. Not a lot of gardening, as I was mostly tearing out weeds.I tend to work really hard in the early summer, then get busy with other things and the weeds take over. It’s not been so bad this year, but I’ve not been out for a couple of weeks and that’s all it takes. Today I worked to kick back some of that crabgrass!

Wool dyed with Queen Ann's Lace and a bit of copper is greenIt’s very humid.

But I did get some stuff done, then I stood there and listened.There were bees. Bumblebees and those bees that live alone and are smaller but look kinda like bumblebees. .And of course honey bees.They’re very attracted to the pumpkin blossoms.

I don’t think I ever shared the last of the Queen Anne’s lace dyeing.This was leaves and stems and flowers, soaked overnight, simmered for an hour, and then let to stew for a couple of days. After straining, I added about a half teaspoon of copper dissolved in hot water. I don’t think I heated it up, just dropped the mordanted wool in and in a couple more days, I got this lovely green, a green that is greener than this image implies. The dab of white is just there for comparisons, fyi. I’m going to be using this for hair and other felting needs.

Right now I’m working up some grey-headed cone flowers. According to the directions I have,You pour boiling water over them, and then finish as with the QAL. It brings more of the golds and rusty golds out.That’s what I’m looking for.

I was driving yesterday, looking at the ditches and had a thought about that wild parsnip. Have you noticed how we’re getting more and more of it every year?  It comes up in the spring and we watch grow and we watch it bloom and then the seedpods form and they turn dark. As the seedpods are ripening, the wildflowers start appearing. The Black eyed Susan’s,The coneflowers, the echinacea, the Queen Anne’s lace.They start to bloom just as the the highway department starts mowing. Are we just making this a haven for wild parsnip to thrive? I think we are. And making it more difficult for the wild flowers of late summer to survive. What about fall flowers? I think we should rethink mowing so late in the summer.

 

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