Weld plants from June to July. Some Woad in the background. These seem to be surviving the drought weather under tree shade. Last year’s Weld and Woad and actually most of my herb garden didn’t survive the heat wave so this year I’m more focused and picking areas of the yard where they might survive.
For the record, mine are growing these in southern California, USA. Definitely not native to the area. The two pictured have started blooming and not (not in the picture) haven’t taken off yet. But even two plants can be good for dyeing since Weld is one of those wonderful plants where everything from areal parts – from the ground up is used.
More about Weld: <http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/html/weld.html> from Wild Colors in the UK. Good pictures and info about growing, harvesting and dyeing.
Lastly the ubiquitious Wikipedia: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reseda_luteola>
I haven’t posted in a while. Starting new plants and trying to regrow what I lost in the last heat wave.
Even though my Woad plants curled up and died there were seeds from that last batch.
I’ve been moving them a few at a time into the yard.
This one (above) is the growing-Woad-in-a-planter experiment. Since the roots seemed so shallow it seemed possible that it might thrive in planter.
Published May 26, 2013
dye plants , garden , Woad
Tags: dye plants, garden, Woad
The Possums are quiet this month. (And I realized that I misspelled ‘Possum’ in my last post so now my poor spelling has been advertised planet-wide…)
The Woad in a planter however still isn’t doing well though the Woad in the ground continues to flourish merrily.
Weld also growing. Hand in the 2nd picture to give an idea of the size. They are still small plants but tend to shoot up in the spring.
I start them off with a cover of hardware cloth (wire mesh) to protect from local wildlife that like to roll and dig into new beds. Just removed the cover this week since I think they are large enough to be safe.
I haven’t written for quite awhile. I seem to be wandering into various non-dye projects. As far as the dye plants go there is the ongoing collecting and drying my favorite invasive weed/dye-plant/Bee-snack – ie. Oxalis.
The woad and weld in the ground is surviving what passes for winter out here but the woad in-planter (on the porch) was nibbled down to the roots and what wasn’t eaten rolled over and died.
[woad from last year]
[new weld plants]
It’s probably not fair to blame the woad snacking on the Possums. We have a surprising variety of wild life that have adapted to city living: Racoons, Owls and Coyotes along with the Possums. Most of these aren’t seen too often unless you work really early or night shifts.
Published November 23, 2012
dye plant , Uncategorized , Weld , Woad
Tags: dye plants, Weld, Woad
I had this project idea to see how the Woad would do in a planter vs yard. It started out well enough then one night something made its way to the porch ate most of the Woad in a pot – but not the yard. I guess the next few test plants will be wrapped in hardware cloth.
Woad plants in starter pot and the yard.
And the Weld. These are from last years Weld plants. Just starting to come up.
Weld seedlings just coming up.
Weld a few weeks later.
Weld under hardware cloth to discourage local beasties from rolling in it.
Weld section of the front yard, backed by Rosemary, White Sage and Valerian.
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Published July 1, 2012
dye plant , dye plants , Woad
Tags: dye plants, Woad
Most of us don’t have a field handy for our favorite invasive blue dye producing weed. I have a small front yard area for a few plants but in the past had to limit my home gardening to pots and planters. So with that in mind I decided to see what Woad in a few porch pots would do.
A couple of starter plants along with ones in the yard (dirt).
Graduated to a larger pot.
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