I love the new colors that old traditional flowers are now developed in, not wanting to start a new garden I filled up the cauldron with them and moved the basils to another pot.
Purple cone (Echinacea) is now in wonderful oranges, raspberries, and yellows and blanket flower (gaillardia) is in apricots, yellows and red.
I've read purple basil make a wonderful dye if you can get it to bond with the fabric. The water will be full of dye, it will adhere to the pot and utensils making it very hard to wash off but not the fabric.
So, I tried wrapping it up in the fabric (wool and silk) and steaming it. I steamed it a good hour, then left it sit over night, unwrapping it a couple of days later.
A couple of weeks later I picked more basil, it didn't look as colorful but I tried it anyway thinking the inside must still be full of color, but no this is what I got. Not good.
Next month I'm going to be teaching my Herb Society members about natural dyeing, we're all bringing flowers and wrapping them in silk scarves, then I will bring them home to steam for them. I've been dyeing some ahead of time to give them ideas of what to plants bring and how it will look.
This print was made with black-eye Susan's.
This is the beginning, with a few more to do before the meeting.
I wanted to share this with you, when one of my Herb Society members has a death in their family we bring them this arrangement of plants with special meanings: