November 2

November has arrived suddenly!  It's been gorgeous - chilly and fresh, and tonight there may be a little snow. I've been rushing to plant hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs before it gets really cold.


 

There's so much to be done that I can hardly begin. One thing I have gotten done is to sort through some of the giant collections of silk scraps. Above is a little of the walnut dyed vintage silk.


 


Scraps of indigo dyed silk


Inspiration on the ground.


 

October 30 2018


Several limbs of the beautiful old Kwanzan cherry had to be removed. The backyard is very different now.  The light is harsher and when I go outdoors I feel more exposed.


At least the hickory tree out front is still full. A pair of downy woodpeckers visited yesterday. I don't know who made this giant nest = maybe squirrels?


Some of the day's work. Handspun wool and indigo.

Little changes

Every instantt here are a thousand tiny changes in the garden, the sky and the world.


It's a gift to be able to notice a few of them.  These morning glory vines have climbed up to the back porch window. I love to see these first, even before I step outside.


Brugmansia flower buds  look a bit like baby bananas


Very brief rainbow.


 

October first

The colors are intense. I've been working indoors, clearing out ancient heaps of fabric, papers and projects that will never be complete. I dash outdoors now and then to refresh my eyes and brain!


 

Seeds are getting ripe


 


 

Coreopsis flower dye

I've been collecting these annual coreopsis flowers all summer. They're small but they pack a punch in the dye pot. These plants are getting a little ragged but are still popping out the blossoms.


 


 

 The brew has a nice, fresh medicinal smell


Silk embroidery threads dyed with coreopsis flowers. The one on the right was dyed with coreopsis and madder roots.


 

September spiderwebs

A spider has been attaching her web  to the clothesline each night. Each morning it's bigger and fuller of no- longer- flying things. If I see a bee or butterfly caught in it, I let it out.

August 29

Mom's Birthday


Every day I remember Mom. It's deeper than a habit.


 

August 28


The morning glories are really getting good. I planted a lot of different types this year. I don't remember all of their names - I wrote them down somewhere. I'm pretty sure this dusty pink one is "Chocolate Silk".


 


the blue speckled one is smaller, but I love the starry points. I also love the color of the larger blue one, but the slash in the side makes these seem sort of incomplete.


 


This type is very tough - the first to start blooming and each morning new blooms appear on these vines.


 

August sunrise and madder


 


Early morning on the back porch . The sunrises seem different lately. The angle of the light is interesting.I guess this is always true, but I'm sure noticing it a lot these days.


Interesting morning sky


 


As usual lately, I'm still dyeing silk threads. Before dyeing the silk is exquisite.


 


Dyed with madder roots. I love the wide and surprising range of warm shades from madder.


 


The morning's work wound up.


 

Middle of August

 


 


 The mornings have been hazy, hot and humid. The air seems yellow.


  


Everything in the garden is growing and changing very fast.


I love the twisted curve of these morning glories.


 

Their leaves are beautiful too.


 


The robins and cardinals love the grapes!

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