Happy longest day of the year! I am at the 37th parallel; I wasn't able to manage a trip home to the 49th parallel where the longest day really is long, but I like to mark the occasion.
I finished reading Jenny Dean's Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes. Back at Christmas, around the shortest day of the year, I read three quarters of the way through a borrowed copy and then had return it. So now I've finished up.
I hope to use Dean's instructions for madder and for woad sometime.
The book has good photographs of dye plants. I should spend some time memorizing the names and corresponding leaves for hawthorn, blackthorn, buckthorn, sumac, dock, elderberry, rowan, and tansy. Not that I want to dye with them. I just never know when I'll be out for a walk with family members who are given to starting brisk games of "name that plant." I can never remember if it's tansy or yarrow.
The book was originally published in the United Kingdom.* With all the plants the author discusses, many are familiar to me because I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, a place with a similar climate and a landscape shaped by English and Scottish settlers in the 19th and 20th centuries.
*I had to buy a version revised for the U.S. market so its title is missing the 'u' in colour.