Friday, July 30, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace

"Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary."
From teleflora

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My gardens are infested with Queen Anne's Lace. It is incredibly difficult to control. The tap root is quite strong and if the entire root isn't removed, another plant will appear. The flower self seeds and one plant can have hundreds of progeny. This year, the Queen Anne's Lace won. At least it's pretty.

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All photos property of Erin Wallace

Thank you Beth for telling me about rollip.com. The filters are amazing and for a gal who doesn't own photoshop it's great to finally be able to see what these great edits would do to my pictures. Go try it out if you haven't already!

17 comments:

Sharon said...

Stunning photos! I love the Queen Anne's Lace, but now that I know how invasive it is, I surely will not be planting any.

Jen said...

Gorgeous pictures! Your gardens sound and look beautiful!

Ruth said...

absolutely stunning pictures!!

Robin said...

I love Queen Anne's lace too, but it can be such a pest! Beautiful posts and blog!

Tennessee Mom said...

I've got this stuff all over the place. Its nice to finally know what it is!

Yenta Mary said...

Sometimes, we just have to let Mother Nature win! The Queen Anne's lace is very, very pretty at least ... :)

Emily said...

What beautiful photos! I have always loved Queen Anne's Lace. Lately, I've also been getting on a lace kick, knitting-wise. You should design something inspired by all those "weeds" in your yard!

lauren carney said...

me oh my this is quite a cutesy display!
i must say i rather enjoy the lovely photos you have kindly shared!
happy blogging! x x

Nicki Woo said...

What a lovely garden! It's making wanting to go outside and tame mine right now.

I love the name and the legend behind the follower. Thanks for the wonderful gardening lesson.

following you back! love your blog. i'll be back soon.

http://www.nickiwoo.com

Kasie said...

well at least it's a beautiful flower taking over instead of ugly weeds. blessings. have a great weekend!

Cecelia Winesap said...

These flowers are the only thing growing on our lawn...yep right in our lawn. There's dead grass and very large Queen Anne's Lace flowers all throughout the yard. It's actually quite beautiful!

Laurie said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace! I even tried harvesting seedpods and planting it in my garden...sadly, it is the only invasive weed on the planet that would not take hold. I would trade all the tree of heaven, virginia creeper, honeysuckle and milkweed vine for a little Queen Anne's Lace...gladly...

Claudia said...

such beautiful and elegant looking flowers - and you pictured them so well!

Lana said...

I LOVE this flower (my farmer husband would call it a weed!) So glad to see that someone else appreciates its beauty. My five year old picked one on our walk yesterday and decided it would make a great powder puff for make up! too funny

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the link, I'll have to check that out. Aghhh with you on the queen Anne taking over your gardens...it is pretty though:-)

Cindy said...

Hey Erin, thanks for stopping by my blog. This beautiful flower is all over in my yard. Currently we have no grass since we just recently finished building our home, but I am not complaining b/c wild flowers are abound.

Mary said...

gorgeous photos, erin! and yes, it has taken over my garden, too. but at least we are putting it to good use in our photos... :)

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