Learning about Flax

Saw some flax flowers blooming out back and thought today would be a good day to teach Peter a bit about plant identification and usefulness.

First we looked up pictures of flax online. Then we headed out with the tricycle on a "flax hunt". Do the flowers smell? Where are the seeds?

We talked briefly about flax being harvested, "retted", and finally spun into linen thread. It's really quite amazing!

If you're interested, here's a video describing the process of flax becoming linen: