We have been here seven years and this is the first time I saw a mulberry tree with fruit on it! The first six years we were in drought and lived through water restrictions for all that time. This year though, we have had so much rain that everything has turned green, red, yellow and all the colour they should be.
This mulberry tree was planted on the nature strip. The fruit is free for all. They are still so sour that even the birds refuse to eat them. I just love the fresh green leaves and red berries which together remind me of a red and green quilt.
Our Greek neighbour proudly told me that he brought the tree cutting from Greece over 20 years ago. I hope he declared it at customs! We are not allowed to bring live plants into Australia without declare them.
The red and green branches would look great as a Christmas table decoration. I doubt it will last until Christmas though...
So much fruit on one tree!
I gathered some fruit that had fallen on the ground to put in a dye bath. I am sure they would be great for jam too, but for today I just dyed with them.
I laid them on a piece of kimono silk. I put another piece of white cotton over it and rolled them up together.
I had enough berries for two bundles. One bundle using kimono silk and the other bundle with linen and cotton mixed. I used the leftover berries at the bottom of the sauce pan and laid the bundles over and boiled them for about an hour.
The result is really pink! Not much difference between each piece. I quite like looking at it now! I have planned for them. I am making another bojagi cloth for DGD for her birthday in early January.
How is everyone doing this week? If you have not read the Workshop in Tsunamiland by Bryan Whitehead please do so, it's interesting to see that creative charity is just as effective as funding. A few hours of creative activity helps these people take their minds off their surroundings.
Enjoy and thanks for visiting.