Tuesday, March 11, 2014

in the green


We are currently in a waxing moon phase with the moon in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is a moist and fertile sign, the best time to sow seeds, both real and imagined. Waxing moon energy is for nurturing those seeds we've planted -- in general growing, adding to, and building.

I've been attracted to all things green lately. Inside, outside, on the dinner table and on the sewing table. Parsley for salad and parsley for the dye-pot with some white wool. Yesterday I sewed some green florals onto my slow cloth with green thread -- I discovered there is very little green in my stash of cloth so I'll need to take care of that situation very soon.

Yesterday our temperatures were in the 70's but I think we're expecting snow later today or tomorrow. The crocus and pasque flowers are in bloom -- one bee sister came while I was admiring their blossoms. When and if bees forage on certain plants depends on the species of bee. For instance, I read that strains of Italian bees like crocus in early spring, but don't like it to be too cold. Bumblebees, with their furry bodies, don't mind the cold and begin foraging earlier in the year than other bees. I also learned that one should resist cleaning up the garden too soon because tiny bees and probably other good insects are still hibernating in those hollow dried-up stems.

Wishing you a beautiful green week!

11 comments:

Jeannie said...

I love the stitching that you are doing. Pasque flower was one of my favorites and then it disappeared. I need to plant another. :) It was 70 here on Sunday. A taste of what is to come. Be well my friend!

Nanette said...

Hello Peggy, I'll be interested to see the results of your parsley dyeing, I hadn't thought of that. I'm wondering what species of bees you have...on another blog I read her Italian bees died in the intense cold, despite her very good care of them. I shared your blog post with her of your hives wrapped in bags of fallen leaves...love that. And I've started posting on my blog again, I hope you'll visit.

deanna7trees said...

so much beautiful color here. green is one of my favorites.

Nancy said...

Greens and earthy/oatmeal colors are my favorites...along with blue jeans to wear! I saw the crocus and thought "CROCUS!!" ~ as you see I've been reading "The Run Away Bunny"at work non-stop lately!! The little bunny hides in a crocus and it looks just like yours :) Please do show the parsley dye...or is that your next moondala?!

Peggy said...

Thanks, Jeannie, that cloth is what I do when I don't know what to do! :) We had snow but all clear today, back and forth! Soon.

Peggy said...

Hi Nanette, so happy you're posting again, I'll come visit you! The parsley's not looking so hot, was hoping for green, but it's looking yellow. My bees are an Italian strain, too. At least that's what I was told by a local beekeeper. I feel bad for anyone who loses their bees, a sad thing and hard to not take it personally.

Peggy said...

Deanna, thank you -- I really want to go thrifting this week to find some green garments to cut up!

Peggy said...

Hi Nancy -- well, I'm about 15 feet away from the bookshelf with the Runaway Bunny on it! How 'bout that, I'll have to check it out because I don't remember that part. :)
The parsley dye-bath is yellow, not green -- you're right, I was thinking a green moondala, but maybe not . . .

handstories said...

Coming here is like opening a new box of crayons! did I miss your saying what the wood butter is used for? Your slow cloth is blooming beautifully.

Nanette said...

Peggy, I saw on a blog someone dyed a blue cloth with turmeric and got a really nice green...I'll try and remember where so I can send you the link. Thanks for your visit.

liniecat said...

Love the embellished fabric here, what a lovely way to lift an already divine design : )