Category Archives: garden

yellow in my dyepot

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), also known as golden buttons, bachelor’s buttons, or buttons of gold, is a tall green leafy perennial, bearing clusters of aromatic yellow round button-like flowers. Unfortunately, this aromatic medicinal plant is considered invasive in some parts of the country. Despite, … Continue reading

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solar dyeing, plain and simple

I have accumulated a small collection of jars and bottles in different sizes and shapes over the years. My favorite is Mason jars and plastic peanut butter containers. These containers will be put into good use this summer. The weather in California … Continue reading

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eco dyed and stitched

I made this sleeveless dress top for myself over the weekend. It is a simple design with an elastic neckline. The fabric is silk twill, a light weight material with a smooth and silky surface. The fabric was first eco-printed with Dyer’s chamomile … Continue reading

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imprinting with daisies

Dyer’s Chamomile, is a flowering plant that belongs to the family of Asteracea. It is a bushy plant that produce pretty yellow daisy-like flowers. The common name for Dyer’s Chamomile are Golden Marguerite, Sweet Marguerite, Yellow Chamomile, or Ox-Eye Chamomile. … Continue reading

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bounty from the garden

Thanks to the lovely spring weather, the flowers are blooming in our garden. I am happy that the glorious season of sunshine is upon us. We’ve been in drought conditions for the past few years, so despite all the sunshine, I hope … Continue reading

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eco-printing with woad plant

What is a woad you ask. The scientific name is Isatis tinctoria, or dyer’s woad. It is a biennial plant with low-growing clusters of leaves and yellow, fragrant flowers. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Woad has been cultivated throughout … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, peony

Tree peonies or Paeonia is a flowering plant that can reach an average 4-5 feet in height. It is a woody shrub that is native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Peonies are an ornamental plant with large … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, stork’s-bill weed

Last weekend, the sun was nice and warm with a cool breeze. It was a perfect day to be outside this time of the year, weeding and cleaning up the garden. Some of our fruit trees are budding, and the … Continue reading

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eco stain with muscari

Hello, I am back from a month-long vacation visiting my families in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was great to see them doing well and spending time together was just wonderful. I had my fair share of “pigging out” on the … Continue reading

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leaf markings, exbucklandia populnea

Being a member of the UC Botanical Gardens has it perks–I get to see and learn about the rare and unusual plants from different parts of the world; walk through different sections of the garden’s landscape; take endless pictures and jotting down … Continue reading

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