Fall is in the air. Can you feel it? It’s still warm, but the days are growing shorter and the air feels crisp. The spiders are back, and the light is more gold than the strong bright overhead light of summer.
The trees can feel it. Mid-August is the start of leaf print season in Southern California as the trees begin to shed their leaves.
I created some leaf print silk scarves this week, and came up with a couple of surprises. I started with an old favorite, Fernleaf Ironwood, a California Island native, and one of the first trees to shed leaves in the fall. The leaves give lovely deep rust colors on silk.
Next I tried two California natives I hadn’t printed with before, using cuttings from my yard. Catalina Cherry was a big surprise! The leaves gave beautiful bright greens and rust. It also smells wonderful while the rolled bundles are steaming — like almond extract.
Toyon produced some interesting colors. Pale rust from the leaves with a soft khaki green background.
Next I’m going to try Loquat, Grape, and Dyer’s Coreopsis, all from my backyard. I also want to experiment with some leaf prints on paper — Mustard, Redbud, Buckwheat, Violet, White Sage, Black Sage, Lemonade Bush and Pink Yarrow.
I hope you’re enjoying these last days of summer and getting ready to head into the bittersweet season of fall.
What are your rituals for honoring the end of summer? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,