On my way home yesterday from my walk, I hauled this branch down from Neighbor Mark’s place. The tree lopper people had been and didn’t clean up after themselves. I had been eyeing these trees for a couple days – thinking that these blossoms were so fragrant that SURELY they would work in my eco-printing experiments. I had been tempted to take a walk with my scissors and do a little trimming but the tree loppers saved me from that temptation.
This morning Neighbor Bob (aka The Mayor) quizzed me over about hauling the branch home. The Mayor had spotted me pulling the branch down the road yesterday while he was doing his morning horse chores. He’s a very curious man and keeps a close eye on our ‘hood. After I told him why – he shook his head and said I was ALWAYS up to something odd. (Funny thing to hear from a man that makes his race horses run in circles on a string…..I tell him there’s no wonder he doesn’t win many races but he doesn’t seem to want my advice.)
Today I ‘harvested’ the blossoms and many many leaves. They will be used in my eco-dyeing experiments. The tree is a Grevillia of some sort. We have a red variety on our property so it will be interesting to see if there is any difference in the eco-print they leave.
I noticed some blue wildflowers have just bloomed so tomorrow’s walk may yield more treasures. Let the fun begin!