Thursday, December 8, 2016

Too Slow!

I noticed that our hollyhocks had grown very tall this year, probably due to the rather wet spring we have just had.
I thought I would tie them up so they wouldn't blow over.

So I went out this morning with the cut bits of the warp that I collected, now that I have cut off my small tapestry.
But I was too late for two plants!

I pulled off the flowers that had opened and mourned the many that had not developed yet.

I must admit, it isn't all bad. I was starting to wonder what I was going to do with all those flowers. Now I have much less stress.

I have been collecting them as I couldn't bear to see them just go to waste, but I don't think I have used up all of last year's flowers. Amazingly, the dried up, desiccated flowers still produce colour. I just have to get myself motivated to dye some more fabric - and then think about what I might do with it.


mycamerandme365 said...

Have you tried freezing them Mary? The colour is gorgeous and such a shame that they blew down.

Mary said...

So far I have just let them dry out. I have found that they still dye fabric when doing this in the past. But I have also tried freezing some flowers. Just have to get myself organised better and collect them regularly. And not fill up our small freezer with dyestuff rather than food.