First snowflakes

The first snowflakes arrived this morning. The Japanese indigo is finished growing.


Dogwood bush 



Redbud leaves and bits of snow


Frozen indigo dyed linen on the clothesline


Cold feet!


November

It was quite cold this morning, with beautiful yellow sunlight.


Sparrows warming themselves on the windowsill and mock-orange branches.



Maple tree in the neighbors' backyard


Late rosebuds


 Almost ripe


Houseplants in!


 The annual bringing in of  ihe houseplants has begun. The nighttime temperatures have been in the 30's.


Old blankets help, but it can;t go on for long. Carrying them in is a heavy and tiring job. Figuring out where to place them is too.


  Most of them are great-grand-children- plants from Mom and Granny. They are living heirlooms and connections.

This picture shows about a third of the houseplants settled into their winter headquarters, Now for at least 6 months of plants indoors.


 

October

There's something about the light in October. that makes the world almost too beautiful. Even on a cloudy morning there's extra richness in the colors.


Flying saucer morning glories


Red nightshade berries and yellow Virginia creeper leaf


Silk dyed with indigo


Virginia creeper


Perennial sunflowers


Virginia creeper


 

Elm tree

There is an old elm tree growing between our house and the neighbor's house.

This tree is beautiful. It's branches are like an umbrella, giving deep shade on summer days and even some cover from the rain. Ive seen so many birds in the branches - woodpeckers, thrushes, nuthatches, robins, cardinals, blackbirds, finches,warblers,and of course, the sparrows. The squirrels race up  and down and use it as a  pathway to their home in the hole they've made under the gutter. One day I saw a racoon sleeping on the edge of the roof.


Pansy Dye

Since May, I've been picking pansy flowers and saving them in the freezer. At first I kept individual colors in their own bags - purples and blues together, yellows and oranges in their own bags, etc..Lately, I've just been stuffing them all together so now I have to separate them.


A few fresh blue pansies  for the brew


There are mostly purples  and blues in this jar, but since I wasn't very careful. there are a few bits and pieces of pinks and yellow flowers

Yellows and oranges

June Inspiration

II've been dyeing silk threads in colors inspired by the velvety shades of  petunias


Combinations of lac, logwood, madder and indigo


 The milkweed flowers have begun to bloom. The air is filled  with their heavy sweetmess. The tender, muted pinks seemed like the perfect color for some handspun wool yarn I've been saving.


Milkweed  (Asclepias syriaca)


Handspun wool yarn soaked overnight in alum.

Summer

Officially Summer today, though to me summer really begins on June 1st.


Ripe!


The squirrels and blackbirds keep knocking them down.


Raspberries beginning to ripen


Milkweed


Madder stars

 


Milkweed and madder in a friendly competion for sunshine

June morning

June morning


It's so fine to step outside barefoot,without a sweater, and get started right away. On most mornings,this means just wandering around in wonder and amazement.for awhile.


The backyard is not big, but the cherry tree doesn't seem to mind.



The blackbirds and squirrels .are ready to pounce!


A clothesline fiull of projects

 Silk organza after soaking overnight in alum water



 Another piece of organza dyed with indigo


Vintage linen napkins

Old fashioned


 Both of the Grand daughters have arrived!  Like flowers in the garden, they blossomed one at a time.


Their fresh new lives are a lovely unfolding of beauty, hope and mystery.


White peonies


The little ones have charming, old-fashioned names. Clara May and Ella Jane. This seems just right. The old-fashioned garden plants welcome them with soft perfume.


Magenta peonies (Paeonia officinalis)


Old peony bed


Dr, Huey (1914)


 Mock orange (Philadelphus virginalis)

Sarah van Fleet (1922)


Service-berries ripening (Amelanchier alnifolia)

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