Thursday, September 2, 2010

Alphabe-Thursdays Rainbow Summer School ~ Indigo

Indigo Bunting
(photo source: Wikipedia)

Isn't he lovely?  This little Indigo Bunting quickly came to mind for this week's Alphabe-Thursdays Rainbow Summer School post.  

First to mind came indigo dye, which at one time was derived from a plant, Indigofera suffruticosa.  Sadly, these days the indigo dye used to color blue jeans and other fabrics is a synthetic something or other.   You can also get a dye of indigo from the woad plant, but since it is often labelled an invasive and noxious weed, I don't think I would grow it.  Or at least I would be rather cautious about containing it! 

For an interesting book on growing dye plants, check out the following book:

A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot: Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers

Please visit Jenny Matlock for more Alphabe-Thursdays fun! 


  1. what a darling little bird! and i have never thought of making a garden based on plants that provide dyes ... that would be totally interesting to do!

  2. I've always loved the words Indigo Bunting and wished the bird actually came our way. I've read so many interesting posts about the various ways indigo has been created using plants. I love that you actually showed us a book to go to if we wanted to plant some dyeing plants.

  3. Such a pretty little bird. I never thought about trying to grow some myself. I'm not sure it would grow well where I'm at.

  4. My nearly teen daughter doesn't think it is fair that the boy birds are the brightly colored ones. LOL....I should just tell her that is the only way the girl birds will bother with them.

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  5. I did not know of this it when I learn something is such a lovely bird...bkm

  6. Like the idea of dying with nature's colors, when we were little mum dipped easter eggs in beet juice and onions to get very impressive colors.

  7. Unfortunately, we don't have indigo buntings over here. He is certainly a beautiful bird!

  8. Hi Catherine.

    What a neat link. And I'm soooo glad someone did a photo of an Indigo Bunting. One of my favorite birds.

    I thought we would have nothing but posts of the bird and the Indigo Girls band this week.

    So this was really a great surprise since I think you were the only one!

    Thanks for linking. That books sounds intriquing.


  9. Beautiful bird! Would love to see one in person.


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