Yesterday, I planted a replacement tree for one we lost this past winter. It just so happened that a volunteer Oregon grape, Mahonia spp., was growing exactly where the new tree needed to go and it had to come out. It was more work but also a blessing and a boon because I was able to make up a medicinal tincture with the Mahonia roots (rhizomes). That golden yellow of its bloom in the top photo is a clue to the color of the inner bark of the stems and rhizome/roots which contain the alkaloid berberine. When you notice this yellow in bark or root, that's what it is, berberine. It's even more beautiful when wet, as you can see. Oregon grape is sometimes used as a substitute for goldenseal, an endangered plant, but it also has its own unique uses. It is a strong overall antimicrobial against viruses, fungi and bacteria; and a cholagogue to stimulate the gallbladder and digestion -- not to be used during pregnancy.
If you have this plant species growing wild in your garden, it would be worth your time to research it -- and if you feel you could use it medicinally, then make up a tincture. Interesting that I didn't even think of dyeing with it, but I'm going to make up a bundle today. I'll need a saw to cut the big chunks that are left, these rhizomes are rock hard.
Still on a pompom kick -- this pompom cloth is old, pretty sure I remember seeing it at my grandmother's house. It definitely hasn't been used much.
I'm thinking yellow-gold is my color for the week. In case you're wondering like I was -- there are 544 pompoms in the cloth -- now isn't that some serious pompom action?