Can you believe it; last night after dinner on October 10th I was in the greenhouse packaging up all my dried flowers.
I have learned so much this year. This year was my first time gardening to produce dried flowers to dye yarn and fibre with. I learned so much. Here are the highlights:
- Not planting sweet peas; not enough colour.
- Plant only a few nasturtiums; not 18!
- Plant sunflowers against a wall or fence to allow for adequate support.
- Don’t buy a dyers coreopsis mixture. Buy just the yellow ones as the mixture included a lot of chocolate coreopsis.
- Pay better attention to Indigo! Water well and pick leaves more mindfully by replanting stalks.
- Lastly, keep seeding through out summer so I get more crops into the first frost.
- Tango cosmos are my FAVOURITE!
I still have yarrow to package up as well as many more sunflower heads. I also have ziplock bags of marigolds that I will freeze as Tammy from Wing and a Prayer Farm had mentioned in her class that I took virtually during covid. She is an excellent instructor and emits enthusiasm when telling others about her farm.
Well now I’m off to finish packaging up my yarrow and create a dye bath from walnuts today.