In natural dyeing, a significant amount of time is spent walking in nature with pruning shears. In leaves, flowers, fruits, roots and barks, there are endless possibilities of color. A natural dyer must recognize dye plants in nature and follow their seasonal succession.
Providing dyeing substances is not the only feature that a dye plant should possess. First of all, its population density should be favourable for harvesting without harming the ecological balance. Plant parts that are going to be used for dyeing should be dense enough and available for collecting regularly, too. Collecting plants on a seasonal basis and drying dyeing parts is the most practical method for this.
Spring season is the period of time when the plant diversity reaches its highest level in the Mediterranean region. For instance, harvesting dyer’s chamomile, Anthemis tinctoria, is a prominent one, during spring time, in my local area. Not only its population is dense, but also each individual carries plenty of flowers.
By drying the inflorescence, it becomes possible to obtain yellow color not just during the spring time, but the whole year.