Ever since we started experiementing with natural dyes, I have fancied a dyers garden – filled with woad, weld, and madder and all the plants I could need. It’s not quite worked out like that – for a start we just dont have one huge patch of ground I want to dedicate to dyes alone.
So far we have dyed with weeds and hedgerow harvests, and the woad was tucked into a corner of the veg patch. Madder has taken ages for me to get hold of, until a kind forum member sent me some plantlets – and they are still in pots until they get a bit bigger and as for weld – we have decided we don’t need it as we can get really bright yellows from the exhaust dyes from onion skins.
We would like to grow woad on a grander scale though, as dyeing with woad is fun, and blue is a desirable colour, and deeper blue would be better still. Besides the flowers are a nice bright yellow, so look nice in the garden.
So we have been digging up the lawn again (no bad thing as well still have too much lawn) and made a woad bed. Into this we planted a couple of sorry plants left over from harvesting last year, and scattered a gazillion seeds (harvested from last year’s plants)- and you can see Molly is helping to firm them in. I’ve also sown some woad seeds indoors as a backup.
I’m hoping for lots of woadlets.