Frozen indigo suffruticosa & test bed sites

9 Dec

After the great Texas blizzard of 2017 the remaining frozen indigo needs some attention. You can see how much indigo remains in the Indigo Suffrucitosa. I will pick and strip them before the winds take them down for me.

My day will be spent slowly trimming more branches in anticipation of the winter winds.

Slow is the operative word as I am still recovering from an October back TLIF surgery. I’ve graduated from my cane, I can start driving in a limited basis and start physical therapy next week to restore my core strength. I had a major victory this morning when I could lace my boots myself. My husband is glad to see me further along the recovery road also. I had a set back earlier this week when I tried to do too much too soon. My body set me straight yesterday. Patience is not one of my virtues. Gardening and the dye pot help some.

Besides harvesting the frozen leaves indigo the seeds have matured and need to be gathered, dried and winnowed.

I am amazed to report that this year’s volunteer crop outside the fence line did not get a nibble this season from the ever insatiable deer herd. Next year I will get more ambitious and purposely plant seed along the irrigation line.

The test bed on the west side did well above my expectations. It was exposed to the hot August and September sun and held up. More will be planted there next year. I think regular irrigation will make that a viable bed for future use.

The Japanese Indigo has gone for the season. The seeds are drying and the bed needs to be cleared.

The critter that cannot be caught waited politely thru the growing season before making an incursion under my Fort Indigo fence. We will continue our quest to capture & relocate the grub digger.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and a New Year as the year draws to an end. If I decide to sell seeds for next spring I will post here. Enjoy your garden dreams for 2018.

7 Responses to “Frozen indigo suffruticosa & test bed sites”

  1. Jeanne Cease December 10, 2017 at 12:09 am #

    thankyou, Debbie for keeping us informed of your Indigo adventures in Texas..I am thrilled by the freeze dried leaves and how blue they are in my Upstate NY Japanese Indigo garden. But it is too cold out there to bother going out and picking leaf x leaf.
    See you in the spring.


    • Jeanne Cease December 10, 2017 at 12:11 am #

      ps….happy for you that you have graduated to driving again.

      Liked by 1 person

    • debmcclintock December 10, 2017 at 12:12 am #

      Jeanne, don’t pick leaf by leaf! Take a garden basket out there and pull everything up and bring it in. You can nip off the seed blossoms and strip the leaves off each stalk easily. They are annuals so no need to leave them out there!


  2. Connie Elliott December 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    A year for your record book, in several senses. My Christmas wish for you is that you are warm, safe, dry and SLOW. May very good things come from that

    Liked by 1 person

  3. hillyslewis December 13, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    Deb, i live in Bulverde so i am guessing we are not too far apart.  Would it ever be possible to see/tour your place.  I am fairly new to weaving and spinning, bought some beautiful longwool fleece locally and am wanting to learn more about natural dyes available here in our area.   Will trade cookies for coffee.  H.

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  1. Indigofera Suffruticosa Seed harvest | debmcclintock - December 13, 2017

    […] Usually I process in stages, cut some branches, strip out the seed pods and the frozen leaves, set the pods aside, finish up the leaf processing and let the pods continue to dry out.  They are easier to process when dry.  A bit of my leaf harvest is written about in this blog entry. […]


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