Removing the bark from pear tree branches with my trusty old knife today. I love this knife, purchased when I went to horticultural college many, many years ago. It brings back interesting memories; I met my husband there, but that’s a completely different story, haha!!
The thin slithers of bark are then air dried and stored ready for use. It’s amazing how the shrivelled up, dried out bark pieces come back to life when they are placed in water and make a lovely peach coloured dye.
The pear tree branches came from an old tree in one of the beautiful gardens my husband works in. After the tree’s annual prune the branches usually end up on the bonfire but this year I was quick to request some for dye making.
23 February 2021