So…this is our first spring here. Seeing with beginner eyes. And there is a LOT. A few weeks ago this plant started popping up in front of the house. It’s in a strange place. And it looked like asparagus. Now this.
False Blue Indigo. Attracts butterflies. Leaves like legumes.
And the dyer’s garden is happy…coming along. It’s been a cool spring and for that I am grateful… I’ve been calling this weld. Started it last year in my much missed garden. Dug it up this spring and moved it here. But I think it’s woad.
And this–(look close–the succulent stems are about to unfold) will be MADDER…and in five years the roots can be harvested. I paused, just now, to imagine madder root in five years. Calculated how old I would be–72–and love the thought of my own roots growing in tandem with madder. Deep. The color of blood…liquid life.
And finally, because these help me do other things, a baskowl inspired by orange poppies: