Murraya paniculata, common name Orange Jessamine, is an excellent hedging plant. A native of China and South-east Asia, it is in several spots in my small garden because of its wonderful orange blossom perfume when in flower and its neat small dark green leaves when it’s not.
In pursuit of my experiments with natural dyeing, I bound some Murraya leaves in recycled silk (the unpicked “bias cut bow tie” of a silk blouse). I brought a pot of mixed red and brown onion skins and water to the simmer and inserted the bundle of silk and Murraya in it for two hours.
Wishful thinking goes with the territory of dyers. However, I did not predict the sensational green of the result. What a shame I didn’t collect the prunings when the hedge was manicured last week!
I actually did a ten bundle batch of garden material in recycled silk in the same pot. More later.