Feels Like Spring

Over the Easter, we had lots of sunny days, and temperatures around 15C. Over the past few weeks, more and more flowers peek out. It seems that spring is here, and that meant that the entire family could enjoy our Easter flu/stomach flu outside in the sun!

daffodils

This year, I’m making a real attempt to grow some dye plants myself. In the middle of February, I sowed dyer’s greenweed (Genista tinctoria, farve-visse in Danish) in pots outside, only to have this happen a couple of days later:

snowpots

I was not thrilled. The seeds of dyer’s greenweed need cold stratification: a period of moist cold to break the seed’s dormancy and let it germinate. But surely this was too much? This scientific article shows that 5C for 3 months improves germination, so this was colder than that. But my seeds actually made it under the snow, and have just grown above soil now

dyersgreenweed

On March 11th, I sowed woad seeds, and they are also just visible now

woad

Maybe not very exciting in the grand scheme of things, I know, but I’m excited because my previous attempts at growing woad were less successful than this! Just in case, I’ve sowed some more woad seeds on April 3rd. Same day, seeds of coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria, skønhedsøje in Danish), St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum, prikbladet perikon in Danish), and yellow chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria, farvegåseurt in Danish) went into the ground. So now it’s just fingers crossed.

In case you’re interested: I bought some of my seeds from Wild Colours and the rest from Urtegartneriet (their seeds are organic).

I år gør jeg et reelt forsøg på at gro farveplanter i haven (for nogle år siden prøvede jeg at gro vajd, men det lykkedes mig aldrig i vores gamle have). Det er lykkedes at spire farve-visse og vajd, og i løbet af påskens solskinsdage har jeg sået skønhedsøje, prikbladet perikon og farvegåseurt.

 

 

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