It's going to be yellow for the lady sweater buttons. The African violets that are still blooming made the decision for me. I mean really, there's no way around it. The vintage button in the photo is too large but it's the perfect color.
This morning I picked lettuce from the cold frame, enough for a good-sized salad tonight. It was sunny and warm for a couple of hours but we're expecting up to a foot of snow later today and tomorrow. The woad, Isatis tinctoria, doesn't seem to mind a weekly dump of snow and is nearly at the point of bloom. I'd really like to have it as a permanent part of the dye garden so might cover it before the weather action begins -- as a biennial it needs to bloom to reseed itself.
I saw a gibbous moon in the outside dye-pot -- today is a waxing gibbous moonday in the sign of Virgo. Being just a few days from the full moon, planetary energies are building toward completion and celebration. We can use our energy to progress in a similar way by focusing and working on things already begun. I hope to complete a project or two over the next few days -- remembering the road is better than the inn, the journey toward the goal, but also knowing how good it feels to finish something.
We live in sobering times. So here's to continuing and always living from the heart. xo