I am in a yellow phase now. And do you know its almost impossible to find a set of sheets in a soft yellow color this year? I guess people think yellow is not a restful color. Now, if I could just find a patch of yellow dock I could dye some of my white cotton sheets! (And they are becoming a thing of the past--sheets without polyester that would not dye well are had to find.
Yellow, cream, splashes of orange and brick red---those must be the colors for aging eyes.
Thanks for another excursion into colors and plants, Miss Sharran!
Throw in a bit of sage and forest green to your mix, Gloria, and you just described the colors in my home. I keep wondering whatever happened to blue and pink. I must have left them behind when my eyes began to age.
But yellow sheets? You're right, I haven't seen them in years.
Hmmm, maybe she could order those sheets online!
I think the plants are pretty, with their red stems. I never imagined the roots would be anything but red! Since I can't get to the roots of the one we have growing between the stones on our back steps. I decided that, since I can't remove it, I'll just let it stay. I just make sure it doesn't set seed so it ends up everywhere, lol.
What is the one that makes all those giant, horrible burs, do you know, Sharon? It's got really big, broad leaves. I think it's a pretty plant, too, and I like the flowers, but the burs are nightmarish!
Thanks again for another colorful story. :)
P.S. My bedroom is painted a bright yellow. The curtains and bedspread are earthtones in a southwestern design. They look nice with yellow.
Oh, here I found it--turns out this one is edible, too: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53500/
It's a totally different plant, it seems.
I saw some in a horse pasture and the poor horses had the burs stuck all over their manes and tails.
Just a pretty good memory, Renee'! Plus I had fun with my little old ladies, so when i remember them, I remember the things we did. I can see a plant that I knew from those days in the mountains, and from seeing them, I might not remember their names, but I remember digging it or gathering leaves from it, or maybe eating it...things like that. And I particularly remember making dyes. Then one memory leads to another and on it goes...
Sometimes memories take over and it's hard to bring myself back to reality.
The ripe seedheads of bitter dock add a great vertical element to dried arrangements, Sharon. For a couple of years I collected (from the surrounding countryside) and sold all sorts of dried seedheads. I even dyed foxtail seedheads red, orange, and yes--yellow. The farmers in the area just shook their heads in amazement when they discovered that I was actually selling the weeds that they'd tried so hard to get rid of!
If you ever need purple dye, I've got a root for you. It's called "Schwartzwurzel" ("black root") and was brought from Germany by the Amana settlers. We grow it in our vegetable garden as part of our seed bank. It's actually a salsify with an extremely long root. I took a photo of Wilma standing in a trench up to her knees, trying to harvest the roots, and she still hadn't made it down to the root tips. Schwartzwurzel makes a tasty vegetable dish. We scrape the black roots to expose the white flesh underneath, wearing gloves when we do so, because the black scrapings turn our hands purple! The stain stays on one's hands through several days of washing and showering.
After scraping, the root is chopped into bite-size pieces, boiled in water flavored with herbs from the herb garden, and then creamed. Yum!
I wanted to put the yellow sheets with my faux leopardskin blanket for winter. Someone did send me an email that Overstock.com has yellow sheets and also Linensource.com. (In case anyone else is looking for them).
Sharon, that would be goatsbeard which, indeed, has a root that's practically inedible. Schwartzwurzel is a type of salsify. There is an American salsify called Oyster Plant, whose roots are supposed to taste like oyster. Not being an oyster afficianado, I've never tried them. The black salsify that we grow has a very mild-tasting root, somewhat akin to asparagus, but much milder. It was popular during Amana's communal era, because the roots stored well over winter and provided a "fresh" vegetable dish in the communal kitchens.
Salsify, in general, is little-known in the US, but very common in European countries. It's a biennial. After flowering in the second year, we harvest the seed and the roots. Since the blossoms are quite pretty, I've occasionally planted Schwartzwurzel in some of our flower beds. The seedhead looks very much like that of goatsbeard, perhaps just a bit smaller. Here are some photos: