There were still leaves clinging to my willow when wet, heavy snow knocked them off. That was more than a month ago, and those leaves have been on the ground under snow ever since.
Over the weekend, we had a bit of a thaw and saw some bare ground. Some of it was littered with damp willow leaves.
I scooped up a basket full of those willow leaves. Some went into bundles, some went into a dyepot.
The results have to stay shrouded in mystery until after Christmas. But wow! I’m looking forward to cold brewed willow-leaf dye in the spring. But willow leaves picked up damp from snow are pretty sweet.
While I was out gathering, I checked the cranesbill in my front yard. Even after a month of snow cover, there were some green leaves. I gathered a few of those and some that were dried and brown, and got lovely prints off both. In the future, though, I might dunk those leaves in some water before using them. The leaf litter clinging to a couple left spots on the contact prints. Minor distractions, but one that would be easy to avoid.
We’ve had more snow again, and it might be months before we see the ground again. In the meantime, I have plenty of dried and frozen willow leaves, and lots of other materials. But if there’s another thaw, I might even rake.