Q is for Queen Anne’s Lace

Dried wildflowers, goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace

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This is a flower that I love, Queen Anne’s Lace. I don’t know too much about it, but I know that it shows up in the summer. When I was a kid we would put some in a vase with some food coloring added to the water and marvel as the flower turned whatever color we had chosen. The ability to command the appearance of these flowers was the feeling of ultimate power over nature for my sisters and me in summertime.

August bouquet wildflowers goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace

Who was Queen Anne? According to gardeningknowhow.com:

Queen Anne’s lace is said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, who was an expert lace maker. Legend has it that when pricked with a needle, a single drop of blood fell from her finger onto the lace, leaving the dark purple floret found in the flower’s center.

August bouquet with goldenrod and queen Anne's lace

Last August, I cut this bouquet of wildflowers containing Queen Anne’s Lace. It also features goldenrod, the dark brown/rust color plant I don’t know, and I’m happy to have found out that the big dry thistle-looking thing is called teasel. Those were what originally gave me the idea to create the bouquet.

Dried wildflowers goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace

I kept the bouquet on my counter and watched as it slowly dried out.

dried flowers, queen anne's lace, goldenrod

Might sound weird to some, but I love dried flowers and I enjoyed them for months.

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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24 thoughts on “Q is for Queen Anne’s Lace”

  1. I always loved Queen Anne’s Lace when I was little. I thought it looked so magical. But the dried version makes me feel like I’m going to sneeze. I have some psychosomatic allergies, apparently!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m happy I could show you something new 🙂 Another reader described the flower as having a “vintage” look and I think that’s the perfect word. Enjoy your weekend! I guess you’re halfway through it by now haha, it’s just Friday morning here.

    1. Thanks, Ann! Cow parsley is a cute name. I found information about the root of this flower, it’s actually a wild carrot that is edible. But it’s very similar to another kind if plant that’s extremely poisonous, and I decided to skip over that part in my post. Interesting though.

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