V is for Vegetation, Dried 2

Dried flowers, goldenrod, teasel

Same topic as last year for V.

Dried thistle

I love dried flowers and plants and I think it’s because they are similar to abandoned places–even though they are past their prime in the traditional sense, they still have their own kind of beauty.

Dried flowers, Queen Anne lace, teasel

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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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Q is for 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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End-of-Summer Bouquet

August wildflower bouquet with goldenrod and queen Anne's lace

I returned home with some wildflowers that, to me, perfectly capture the scenery here at the end of summer. They may look like weeds to some (especially to my hosts of this past week, from whose property I cut them), but I don’t own property or weeds, and they are beautiful to me.

August bouquet wildflowers goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace