I just could not get enough done yesterday-in a good way. The sun was shining and it was warm. A day for working in the yard. My son was here working the greenhouses and vegetable gardens with his dad and a friend. They got the hoses back out and the yard got the first hair cut of the season. Meanwhile, even though I am headed to Best of the Northwest in Seattle in a few days, I could not resist working in the yard. I discovered that most if not all the hollyhocks I planted last year have come back up. These are the dark red, almost black and they are great for eco printing.
I have seen some amazing eco prints using purple carrots, so I put the seed in the ground for those. I have no idea if it is permanent color or not-there is only one way to find out.
I planted more gourd seeds. They are a great art material to have around, they cut easily and accept stains and inks well. I like playing with a wood burning tool with them as well.
I rearranged the "gourd farm" out behind the barn. Hopefully it won't be quite so hard to find them all this year if they take off up the old pallets and fencing. This is the hottest spot on the place, sun all day, so it is ideal for gourds. The ground is terrible though, so I used all the big pots and tubs I could find last year, but it was pretty random. It will be easier to manage with it all in a row.
Although what I am growing more for is probably beyond most people since this is the batch from last year.
If I hadn't run out of day I would have finished cleaning the perennial borders and washed the lawn furniture, among other things. Best to get on with the trip to Seattle, I hope to see you there!