Wednesday, July 18, 2012
things i'm waiting for
It feels like late summer outside today but it's too soon for that. This morning I saw a plum with one bite out of it on the front grass so I know we're getting close. Squirrels never wait for anything to get ripe, do they? I just picked a peach, a pear, and a plum from the back yard to ripen on the counter. Because I couldn't wait either.
The grapes need a lot more time, I love watching them turn from green to blueish purple. These are St. Theresa, a seedless variety that is unbelievably prolific with no special treatment at all. Nothing around here is babied, once in the ground.
In the dye garden, the indigo needs more time, too -- it's only about 18-24" tall and should grow to 3-6'. Woad has been easy to grow and seems to be a plant that instills confidence in the gardener -- like radishes and marigolds. The blue plate is a water source for the bees who live three feet away. There are also a few purple carrots for dyeing (like Nat) but the rabbits have left me so few it wasn't worth taking a photo. This is our first year ever with rabbits and it's been interesting. It may sound heartless but I sort of hope our depleted fox population has a resurgence soon.
I didn't plant the safflower, it's from birdseed, but there may be just enough blossoms for a small dye bundle if I wait a little longer.