Monday, May 21, 2012

The Well Placed Weed

Not all that long ago and before I grew my own, I used to stop along the roadside and pick Queen Anne's Lace to bring home and create bouquets.  It is such a beautiful flower (made up of hundreds of small white flowers), that I could never quite  understand why it was called a weed.  One summer day while picking my bouquet to bring home, I decided that maybe I could grow this weed in my garden.  One time, I brought a handful home and broke off all of the "lace" and threw them into my back garden.  Who knew what would happen .  .  .

A small bouquet from MY garden.

Note: There is no red center flower.  Hmmm  Did you know that
Queen Anne's Lace, or so the story goes, got its name from
the Queen who was supposedly sewing lace and pricked her
finger and the blood got onto the lace. . . . .thus the presense of
a single red flower in the center.  I have recently learned that not
all Queen Anne's Lace has the center red flower.

Sterling silver tea tray with the Queen! (so befitting of a Queen,
that is just where she belongs.  .  . on silver!)

Who would have ever thought?

Even the birds are enjoying my weeds .  .  . 


Anonymous said...

What a great idea adding Queen Anne's lace to your garden. It really looks nice around your birdbath.
Thanks for the idea.

Roz M

Gatsbys Gardens said...

As they say, a weed is only a flower that no one wants! Some people enjoy the lowly dandelion for salad and wine. So, who's to say that Queen Anne's Lace is not a beauty in your garden.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are pretty weeds unlike dandelions. I saw that growing beside the road on our little weekend trip.

Linda said...

I you...liked Queen Anne's delicate and dainty...
never thought of growing it though...especially at the cottage, I would be overrun, as I am already out there....takes a lot of work, these gardens, eh Mary Anne???

enjoy your week...
lovely birdbath

Linda :o)

Mary Anne said...


Try cutting a bunch and putting them into a vase. You will love them, even if you don't wish to have them in your garden. It was so nice to have you visit today . . .wish I knew you were coming, I would have had a glass of ice tea waiting!

Mary Anne ox

Mary Anne said...

Hi Kim:

Stop and pick them at roadside next time. . . .warning: you might end up growing them. They also look beautiful mixed in with other garden flowers!
So happy to have you today.
Mary Anne ox

lifeonthecutoff said...

I love how the Queen Anne's Lace is scattered around your birdbath, Mary Anne. I'm sure your winged friends love them as well when they stop for a bath or sip of water. I've found a few in the yard here. I just leave them be as I enjoy them so and have also brought them in.

Anonymous said...

Love the decoration, great to find you

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Linda said...

where have you gone to???

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Kim~

The QAL looks so great near your birdbath! Love knowing that story. Have never heard that before.

There is something that looks exactly like QAL but on steroids! Instead of being 3 - 4" flowers, the ones I have been seeing (that look like weeds along the road) are almost the size or a salad plate and their stems are almost 1" in diameter! I wonder what those are!!?? May have to park my car and go explore.

Great post, Kim!

Debbiecz said...

Hi, I too like Queen Anne's Lace but what I see around the birdbath isn't QA Lace. True QA Lace has a very lacy, almost fernlike leaf with a taproot that looks like a parsnip. When first growing it looks like a carrot plant. We get a lot of what you have here in Highland Park - some like it, some hate it. Also, the comment regarding the HUGE plant on the roadside is probably cow parsley. A native "weed" that blooms in late spring. But don't pick the flower if its yellow - that plant has sap that can burn your skin.