We are going to be focusing on Dogs today. The reason for this is that when I was showing my landlord photographs of Sheep yesterday I spoke to Fizz’s owner (Margaret) and promised her some pictures of Fizz.
So where should I take Fizz for a photo shoot? Yesterday I found and photographed a wildflower called Teasel (You know what Teasel is don’t you? Of course you do) This is the first time that I have found Teasel growing in the forest. I am not really happy with my pictures so my plan is to take Fizz back to where I found the Teasel and shoot her there.
Years ago I used to walk my Dog, Max in a field full of Teasel and another plant that I have never seen here called Weld. Weld isn’t the most beautiful of flowers but I am absolutely humbled to be in it’s presence and I will tell you why in a little bit.
In keeping with my theme of Dogs I am starting this post with a short video of the field. There is no Teasel or Weld growing in this field because the video was shot in winter but it is the field.
Max was not cute like Fizz, he was my brother.
So that is the field, this is Weld.
No. You are wrong. Weld is ancient and you must have respect when you walk amongst it.
Weld is used to produce a yellow dye of outstanding colour and quality. A clear and intense colour. It is the standard by which all other yellows are judged.
It was mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and was used in Ancient Rome and Egypt. Pliny the Elder (23AD – 79AD) gave it the name Reseda from the Latin Resodo meaning “I Calm.”This dye plant pre-dates the use of Woad by the Ancient Britons but by the Middle-ages cloth of Lincoln Green was being produced by over dyeing Woad Blue with Weld.
Robin Hood and his merry men wore this plant’s dye, you have to respect it just for that.
Weld was also highly prized by medieval artists and illustrators of manuscripts. It is living history.
Today Weld is still grown commercially in Normandy for dyeing silks. No synthetic dye has ever been produced that can match it.