The Dye Garden in Early May

Written by [email protected] on May 1, 2017 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

The dye garden here in the Ariege is beginning to move, although germination and growth of new plants is slow through lack of rain and very cold snaps. These picture were taken on the 1st of May.

Autumn plantings such as Dyer's Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) below, and Dyer's Greenweed are off to a good start.

Dyers Greenweed (Genista tinctoria) this one has avoided the winter pruning by rabbits.

The thick rooted black Hollyhock (Alcea) is not doing so well after being moved and I will have to make sure it gets plenty of water and a good mulch this summer.

The Garland Chrysanthemum (Glebionis coronaria) with its nitrogen giving neighbour has wintered well.

Eucalyctus gunnii beloved of eco-printers.

And in the yellow corner, Goldenrod (solidago) and Cardon (Cynara cardunculus).

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota), source of lovely soft greens.

A very young Sumac (rhus) and behind left, a frost-bitten Judas Tree (cercis siliquastrum)

Young Weld plant (reseda luteola)

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) and Phacelia in bloom.

Very young woad seedlings, slow to germinate in the dry weather, but they will still be ready for summer woad dyeing.

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Lillicroche

Lillicroche on 05/05/2017 7:22 p.m.

It's all green 😂. Hard to believe that you make different colors then !!!

Andie Luijk

Andie Luijk on 05/05/2017 8:25 p.m.

Funnily enough green is probably the most difficult colour to dye, unless you dye blue on top of yellow. That is why the
Queen Anne's Lace doesn't get pulled out as a weed.

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