August

 


Summer is ripening


 


 Phlox has a sweet, somehow sad fragrance


 


To commemorate the end of July, I made a small harvest of Japanese Indigo leaves yesterday. . I dyed some silk organza.


Fresh indigo

I had a chance to do some fresh-leaf indigo dyeing yesterday. Sadly, my camera is misbehaving and I couldn't take pictures of the whole process. 


 


I don't know any other way to get these colors without fresh indigo leaves


 


It's a real summer treat!


 


 

Selenicereus grandiflorus

 


Selenicereus grandiflorus

After several years, the selenicereus plant has bloomed!.


 


The buds are quite interesting.  They start out as a fuzzy white spot on the stem, then grow to look like a rabbits' foot.


 


 The flower bud pushes through the fuzz and elongates. To the immature mind, this can be a great source of silly laughter...:)


 


A little more dignified...


 


Some white showing through


 


Almost ready


 


Like fireworks! 


 

July

 So far, July has been packed with projects and flowers



 Indigo and cochineal shibori scarves


 


Hand-spun silk yarn dyed with  woad


More Naturally dyed embroidery silks


 


Inspiration!