butterflies and buddleia

the scent of the buddleia flowers lasts beyond the dye pot and is infused into the cloth from a year or more ago…. as I take out cloth for quilting the fragrance drifts up to meet me

This year I had not the heart to take a single flower when the insects have been out – our summer has been so wet recently, so inclement for them that when they emerge they need every tiny flower head. Luckily for me though, the dye from the spent flowers is just as strong in my experience, and so it is then I shall bring out the dye pot

Meantime…

Butterfly colours …

The summer season is changing – the sense has shifted, the air, the feel

Bleached grasses, grey cloud, a fresher breeze – berries ripening on elder, rose, sloe and blackberry and seeds ready to take flight