There is absolutely nothing that I can think of as red in the wild landscape as the crimson clover which grows abundant in the meadows nearby on the mountain, the meadows where Emma and I have walked countless times, and forefront of my mind when I think of a name for the colorway of red. Wild, herbaceous gobs of crimson, are the trifolium incarnatum flowers.
Crimson is the color I am trying to grasp.
It needs a little improvement for next time (perhaps more red)
But this is it ~~~ my crimson clover .
I am looking forward to six months from now when the wildflowers will hopefully have returned from the burned topsoil, as the grass has already … shy little green sprouts everywhere ! Tomorrow morning is the winter solstice, and I am glad to see it finally come, and to see pass my huge disappointment of once favored ( oh how fickle of a season) Autumn. Winter come, o’ please be gentle, cast your sleepy spell on the landscape, and clean up the blackened death from the wildfire, soften it with rain and bring back the wildflowers and the moss, so that the landscape may wake anew with spring growth, restored and resilient and colorful. Autumn, to you I bid good bye.
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Techy stuff for Red Clover…
- Began with Secondary Triad Neutral recipe using approx 5g each of green, purple, and orange, blended thoroughly on blending board (see Blending For Tweed Simplified) Note: for a more dramatic tweed, with gobs of color splashing through, blend only once , then continue.
- Lift neutral batt, layer alternately with 5g each of ruby red and rose pink.
- Lift batt, layer alternately with 5g (or more) of red.
- Draw off rolags.
- Colorway blend: “Red Clover” .
- See ALL color blending experiments & recipes archived in Tweed Chronicles
I can’t help thinking raspberries. All the lovely colors will come back. Promise! I keep reminding myself how resilient Mother Nature is. She will take back the mountain. She WILL.
The grass has already returned in the wide open meadowy spaces. Just shy little tips of grass, not protected by last year’s dry layer, but I think it will do well regardless.
Happy solstice to you! xx
Such a gorgeous colour.
That’s certainly good news about the grass.
Yes, nature will take back the mountain after the fire; it just needs a bit of time.
I have never seen clover so red before. Here in the midwest, it’s the short white flowering stuff, or the taller purple/pink flowering clover. I think that the purple/pink color is dependent on the alkalinity of the soil.