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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Flax Update

The flax is doing well; as you can see it is now about 30 inches tall and is covered with beautiful cornflower blue blooms. It is quite lovely waving in the breeze. The lower part of the plants are starting to turn yellow as it matures, but it is not ready to reap yet. I am somewhat disappointed that it will not be ready to harvest before the kids leave for the summer. I will need to come back during the summer to check its progress and pull it up when it is ready.


  1. Such delicate little flowers. Will you and your students be making linen? That's a lot of work, isn't it?
    I have an OLD book..Nature's Colors Dyes from Plants by Ida Grae. If you don't have it and would like it, I'd be pleased to send it to you. Can you get my email off of my blog? I know others have.
    p.s. thanks for tagging me!

  2. I've always wonderd what Flax was like and assumed wrongly that maybe it was like, well, Flax! Of the Formium variety. So good O!It's delicate and pretty. I had some hand spun linen years ago... it's beautiful!

  3. You are so welcome. I am glad that you can use the book. I don't remember where I got it, but it must have been when we lived in Georgia.
    Thanks for the kind comments on my blog and I appreciate so much that you visit. I'd love to sit on your front porch, have some tea and talk and listen to the cicadas...just no chiggers, please!
    I'll bet that when we lived in Ga. we may have visited close by to where you live..rafting down the Nantahala (sp?) beautiful!

  4. By my calculations, you should be just about finished with end of the year madness...everything tidied up, tied with a bow, ready to give a whoop and a holler and start your well deserved summer's rest. I hope so. That sense of freedom, lack of constant planning, scheduling, lesson planning, follow-throughing (ooo), all that's part and parcel to teaching..wheeee! Hope you're ready for that front porch. Keep in touch!

  5. Just read this on this blog:

    Incidentally, if you are wondering about the nettles - if you cut nettles and leave them lying under a hedge through autumn and winter to rot you can obtain lengths of fibre from what is left that can be spun just like flax and used to make cloth. I hasten to say that I have never done it, I just know it's possible:)

    From England:



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