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goodbye April

April 30, 2020

the weather has been warm enough to weave outside

one of life’s little pleasures

it is time to mordant more skeins for the monthly natural dye challenge

handspun silk, natural and bleached

one skein of a silk/wool blend and handspun wool

the cotton has to be wound into skeins and first mordanted in myrobalan (a tannin)

then all the yarns will be go in an alum mordant together

the 2.5 kg jar of alum is almost finished – guess I’ll have to pay postage to get more

Spring is blooming in the neighborhood

outside my front door the gentian are stunning

garden info states that they are deer proof – that’s a joke

2 years ago the deer pull them up by the roots and ate them all

I rescued some roots and planted them, this is my reward

the checkered lily (fritillaria meleagris) is blooming with trillium in the background

ajuga is wandering down the path

on the street, cherry blossoms are splendid

raining pink petals

one of the best years in a long time for Pacific dogwood (cornus nuttallii)it is the provincial flower for British Columbia

the scent of lilacs is in the air

and the deer are everywhere – at a neighbor’s

I hope my fences hold them back!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 1, 2020 4:30 am

    Lovely photos! Being able to get outside and do things is such a treat after a long winter. There are no deer here so that is one less woryy for me! Bluebells, Apple blossom, bird chery blossom and cow parsley along the lanes – it must be May!

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  2. May 1, 2020 12:34 am

    Hope the deer leave your garden alone, it looks really pretty.

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    • May 1, 2020 10:53 am

      Cathy – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fences hold. Last year they even crawled under the cedar hedge.

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  3. April 30, 2020 8:33 pm

    What a treat to see all your spring flowers. We’re finally getting some cooler weather, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing some big-time pruning and weeding. Your gentians are spectacularly blue… what a pity you can’t use them for a dye!

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  4. April 30, 2020 5:13 pm

    I noticed lilac scent in the air here too. Lovely!

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    • April 30, 2020 11:08 pm

      Sue – such a wonderful time of year. My Daphne is blooming now too, it smells delightful in the front garden.

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  5. April 30, 2020 3:02 pm

    I was noticing the lilac-heavenly scent too outside today. I am disappointed about the gentian, I was hoping to plant some in my refurbished garden, but I guess not.

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    • April 30, 2020 3:51 pm

      Kjerstin – the colour is so unique and spectacular they are worth a try. Mine grow in a pot, I could put them out of the way of the munchers, they like lots of sun.

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