this is the wonderful golden rod, although research has enlightened me to the fact that the tall and common plant is in fact a Canadian species. The indigenous version is much smaller and therefore less visible.
As the name suggests, this plant provides a sumptuous golden dye ….
very pleased to say I have back up plants in the garden…
First time for trying damsons in the dye pot, lovely subtle colours emerging….
The search for materials to make baskets with continues….I hadn’t realised that willow was so seasonal or is it just that demand has totally outstripped supplies? It is time to look at the hedgerow again, so collected a few bramble runners….obviously the down side to this material are the phenomenal thorns , so gardening gloves , secateurs and a strong foraging bag are essential. I’ve also discovered another use for my willow templates. I’ve added a few smaller holes to accommodate both medium and small runners, these go through the holes twice and the process takes off thorns and buds without damaging the ‘weavers’
I’m pleased with the result, and now waiting to see how the material dries.
This is all bramble and could be made , in theory, out in the field…..the base wouldn’t hold blackberries and needs to be lined with leaves for it to be useful.
I really like the colours of the weavers , I’m now seeing brambles in a whole new light.
Another inspiration this week has been a trip to Great Dixter, amazing colours ….