Tuesday, July 03, 2007

It's everywhere!

The Limey and I went to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin this weekend. We go every few weeks, more frequently in May and June when the peonies are in bloom. We go so often we feel guilty that they don't charge admission or anything. Once, we asked if there was a donation box, and they thanked us for the thought, but said no. So now we just try to buy juice or ice cream in their cafe whenever we go.

We saw the usual plant-y things, like these tiger lilies:

and these great maples with their bendy twirly branches:


and these artichokes, one of The Limey's favourite plants and vegetables:


In all this time, we'd never gone up into the exhibition rooms in the visitor's centre, and we decided it was time. The exhibit on right now is titled "Baobobs and Big Beans: an exploration of plants for people," and what did I see?


Yarn and fibre! Plus some finished objects:


And my favourite:


Wool dyed with a variety of native Irish plants. Those colours are awesome. I know the Irish SnBers include some spinners and dyers. Wouldn't this be a great project for a field trip?

1 comment:

Averil said...

The photos are lovely. I really like the one of the tiger lilies and the trees. For some reason I used to call tiger lilies the evil flower when I was younger.. dont ask me why! I just thought they looked evil - bare in mind I was about 10 at the time.

I think it would be a great idea to try source the plants and bark etc to make natural Irish dyes. It would make a great day/ w/end. Are they quite common plants etc?