The lichen is beautiful! Spring always begins much earlier for you than for us. I'll have to keep an eye on my rhubarb. I'm pretty sure it's not had a chance to do anything yet. My forced bulbs indoors make the house smell like spring which is so nice.
i love lichen lots! so nice that there are other people who do too! you can use it for dyeing fabrics naturally too. if i remember rightly different types give different colours not necessarily at all related to the colour of the lichen.
Our spring does start earlier than yours I think, Heather but it is still some way off. There are little signs of its approach around - I photgraphed some snowdrops yesterday.I've read lichens being used to dye wool. I have some books about fair isle knitting and the traditional colours were dyed from local plants and lichens. I would like to have a go someday but I think lichen is a protected plant and you are not supposed to gather it from the wild these days - maybe that wouldn't count if it was growing on your own blackcurrant bushes?
really? i didn't know it was protected, though i've never gathered any. in our area of italy the trees are full of it, so you should try making natural dyes here! i imagine that indeed your own blackcurrant bushes might not count :)
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