Yesterday I came through the royal showgrounds with my secateurs. On the way out, I spotted these fruits. I think this is one of the dianellas, probably Dianella Revoluta. It’s a common native, drought hardy inclusion in public plantings in my area. There were so many that on the way back, I took just a couple of stems from each plant and put them in my panniers. While I was there I saw some caltrop, so I removed that while I was there.
It’s one of the enemies of cyclists, as you might guess from these immature fruits… which when ripe will be the stuff of many punctures. I pull this out any time I have the chance.
I followed Jenny Dean’s suggestions about processing berries…
And, as might have been expected, the result was nothing like the fruits I started with. I would rate the unmordanted wool pale tan, wool with alum dark tan, the silk is grey-brown and the cotton is pale grey. Not too exciting, is my conclusion!