While the silk sun soaks in the 6 year madder root I am prepping my indigo seedings.
One fends off crickets and raccoons early on in the season with seedlings so I am trying a safe start on Harley’s sun porch. We’ll see how that works out.
I am prepping indigofera suffruticosa seeds, second generation from Donna Hardy’s South Carolina seeds.
Some of the plants left out in the terrace garden to overwinter are even putting out new growth. I have hopes that if they are protected from the north winter winds I can get them do their perennial thing.
In addition, I am prepping Japanese Indigo or irrigation dripline failing me mid-season in May. Due to family illness & death I could not save the plants so I’ll start a new seedbank this year. Not to mention a blue color source. John had written a nice indigo overview about the different indigo sprcies here:
And for guilds, he has written a nice guild to dyeing with Japanese Indigo, info here….
I’ll finish with a intriguing yucca madder test piece. As I “walk” my cat here in the Texas Hill Country I’ve been scraping yucca to see if it can be separated for thread. I had a piece handy and tossed it into a madder exhaust bath and it picked up the color beautifully….
Not sure what direction this will go but it is percolating….