Sunday, August 2, 2009

Flowers for the Common Man

For reasons I cannot explain, I have been captivated by the Queen Anne's Lace lining the ditches and fields around here. Who ever declared this a weed, anyway? So disrespectful to something so lovely. Then again, she doesn't seem to mind. She goes along her merry way, quietly signaling the subtle turn from Summer to end-of-Summer.

More than once, I found myself plotting to snatch some from a ditch. Is it still considered stealing if what you're taking is a lowly weed? Wouldn't I actually be doing someone a service? I like to think of it as pro-bono landscape pest control.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered a virtual QAL convention out behind the pole barn. Calvin and I went out during Ruby's nap on Friday, sheers in hand.

We were a little nervous, this being untrodden ground, but we acclimated to our surroundings surprisingly well. Before long, we were traipsing through the field, me willing myself to believe that there were no mice, snakes or other miscellaneous scariness underfoot.

Calvin learned about a new flower and took one more step toward full farmboy/Survivorman status. (I also taught him how to suck the ends of red clover, which he found to be endlessly fascinating.)

Queen Anne's Lace a weed? Looks like the joke is on us. Go and grab yourself a bunch, while the grabbing's good.

24 comments:

  1. here's to another wonderful "weed" that makes for a great bouquet...that is until we can't handle the shedding any longer!

    love it!

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  2. there's a saying about weeds being flowers that haven't been tamed or something like that. some of my favorite flowers are weeds.

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  3. They look beautiful and perfectly at home in your Mason jar. We also have a TON of QAL in our field right now. My daughter loves it and is always picking bunches for me.

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  4. Endless fun for Calvin and Ruby: put food coloring in the water and watch the lace turn whatever color their heart desires. It's one of my favorite childhood memories from grandma's house!

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  5. I think QAL seems even prettier just because it's called a weed. :)

    P.S. I have no idea what a red clover even is!

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  6. There was QAL all over near the lake last week. Emma had fun picking wildflowers for a bouquet.

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  7. I have always picked this stuff. I never knew it was named QL though. ;) I have seen where people have dyed it.

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  8. That's ridiculous... a weed.. NO WAY. I love the delicateness of it... it's beautiful!!!

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  9. I always pick a bunch of it for the house when it starts coming up here too. It reminds me of my childhood, picking flowers for my grandma.

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  10. thank you, now I don't feel so bad for not mowing my "grass" in so long, I am merely preserving the beauty of the wildflowers :-)

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  11. As a kid I loved Queen Anne's Lace. There was an abundance of it across the street from my house in an empty lot. I would always pick some, then find bugs in it and get scared and throw it away. Bugs or no bugs, it is beautiful, isn't it?

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  12. Oh so pretty. It definitely should not be in the weed category!

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  13. I just picked some up off of the road the other day and put it in a vase! I think its beautiful and very countrified!

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  14. QAL... beautiful! Isn't this also called
    'wild carrot'?

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  15. So are you telling me it is okay to pick QAL along side the road?

    I have wanted to pick those beautiful weeds for years but we still dispute if it is right to pick an apple up (off the ground) that rolled outside the fence of someone's property --

    Hey, have you made a pie crust from scratch. I was hoping I was a good instructor, maybe not.
    Enjoy reading your blog now and then, have a great week. Bryce and Camden's Mimi

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  16. I'm with you... QAL and Black-eyed Susans.... the loveliest! I have a picture of my bouquet on my blog, www.rachelthedutchess.blogspot.com.... come see us if ya'll get a chance!

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  17. I was at a VERY elegant and ritzy wedding a couple of summers ago...and they had HUGE bouquets of queen anne's lace in super tall vases in the middle of each table in the ballroom...it was so simple and gorgeaous and made quite a statement.

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  18. I too love Queen Anne's lace...we have it growing all along the path behind our house.

    :) T

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  19. Seriously...who decides what's a weed and what is not? I've grown Queen Anne's Lace in my garden before - it's pretty, so why not? For some reason I'm a real sucker for the rebels and bad boys of the horticultural world. Some of the peskiest self seeders are my all time favorites.

    Also am a sucker for wild flowers in a Mason jar - completely made for each other! :)

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  20. So so pretty, I love them, definitely the same taste x

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  21. I love Queen Anne's Lace! It's also called Wild Carrot--latin name is Daucas carota. It's a beautiful flower, but it can be used as an herbal remedy for various things too. So many weeds were actually brought to America by our European ancestors because they were considered valuable herbal medicines. Here's to the weeds!

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  22. I too am a Queens Anne Lace lover. So perfectly farmgirl. In fact, I was just out last night in our back acre taking pics of it! I got two ticks. :-/ Got to eat some wild blackberries though.

    I hereby declare Queen's Anne Lace to be the official flower of farmgirls. Well, sunflowers and hollyhocks too. :=)

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  23. oh! I googled Queens Anne Lace and I found it really pretty and fascinating! I'm think they are just kidding about saying that it is weed! =)

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