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(From top to bottom: Meadowsweet, Lady’s Bedstraw, Coreopsis, Madder, Australian Indigo, Madder Buds, Tansy, Woad, St Johns Wort)

Not a lot happens in my garden at this time of year, it is cold and quiet with many plants hibernating underground. Most of the action happens in Spring and then late Summer/early Autumn when I harvest.

I took some photos in the garden this morning though and happened to notice the first tiny flower bud on the Indigofera, a sign that the days are indeed lengthening and soon the garden will be awake again.

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A tale of two indigos and five of my crackle glazed stoneware beads on hammered silver.

I’ve have Woad and Australian Indigo in my garden, they’re both so unassuming. Woad could easily be mistaken for a lawn weed and the spindly indigo is completely camouflaged growing in the bush, unless it is in flower you’d never know it was there. Secret harborers of the mysterious blue.

And I used both of them to dye the silk cord for this piece. The darker blue is the australian indigo and the lighter is woad.

Each bead is approx. 1.5cm diameter and they hang at a drop of approx. 4ocm.

In the shop now.

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Madder (Rubia tinctorum), Woad (Isatis tinctoria) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) just some of the new seedlings for my dye garden.

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