Leafy bundles

First there was a walk home from a distant railway station.  Cotinus (smoke bush) growing through a fence….

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Then there was a walk home from a bus stop on a major road further from home than the one I usually use.  And the amazing discovery of a HUGE maple with finely ferny leaves.  Hanging over a high fence.

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Well. It was only a matter of time… a recycled linen shirt and a wool scarf…2016-11-04-15-43-06

A couple of bundles…

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I love the transformation!

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Some of the maple leaves came out pale. 2016-11-05-12-54-27

Those closest to the iron at the centre of the bundle…

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Perhaps I chose the wrong side of the cotinus as the one likely to give colour, because…

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And the scarf, mmmm!

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This one is destined to become a birthday gift.

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12 responses to “Leafy bundles

  1. What gorgeous prints and colours. I learn so much from your blog. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

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  2. Lovely results – I don’t think we have that plant so the results were a real suprise to me.

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  3. oooooooh…last fall I planted a cotinus sprig from a plant exchange and it has grown quite nicely. Maybe by next summer it will have some bits to spare…Love the deep purple outlining the leaf edges.

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  4. Margaret Ford

    Love this blog! Will now reearch cottons so I know if I can find it in WA. Thanks!

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  5. Fingers crossed, Margaret! Thank you.

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  6. when in doubt, assume that leaves will print from the underside, whereas (curiously) most flowers tend to print from the top

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    • Hello and thank you! That is what I thought I remembered and what I tried to do. So either… I misread the leaf… or it didn’t print much in any case but the flowery parts did, thus the halo. Or something else that I can’t yet picture has happened. I have not tried enough flowers to know about them so that’s a wonderful tip, and I’ll keep experimenting with this plant which I rather enjoy. Thanks for your wisdom as ever.

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  7. Oh wow! those colours! Gorgeous 🙂

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