Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Queen Anne and Her Friends,...

In front of my deck is a sea of Queen Anne's Lace. The reason is because I've been off having fun at bluegrass festivals and camping trips. That part of the rough lawn has not been mowed. My house is on a hillside, and that part is done with a weedeater once a year. This year I'm a little late and the reward is beautiful!
Ferns, black-eyed Susans, Daisies, have joined in the display!
I haven't been able to identify this wildflower. It is bright purple, and only grows about six inches high.
Can anyone tell me what it is?

I have a lot of these red berries, (honeysuckle?) and they are providing a feast for someone,.. as the low branches are pulled down. Birds? Squirrels? Deer? .... a Bear?

The Queen Anne's Lace will be able to grow for another week. I am leaving today for five days in Vermont. The Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival begins on Friday. The weather is forecast to be pleasant, so make your way to Alburgh, Vermont for some fun and good music!

22 comments:

Mountain Woman said...

The wildflowers are beautiful. We have all the same ones growing now and they are just lovely.

Have a fantastic time at the festival and take lots of pictures.

Thistlebrooms said...

Whatever you do, Have a wonderful time at the Bluegrass festival...
Just a beautiful part of Vermont...
Just let the Wild Flowers grow WILD...They do the best, left unattended...I also believe they are the BEST Gardens...

Have Fun & Sing those Songs...
All My Best...Marilyn

DayPhoto said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace, it is my favorite flower to do arranging with. Let them grow! They are perfect!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

troutbirder said...

Have a great time Cedar! And I do love The Queen. It grows wild along streams and boggy ground here. None in my woods though.

Libby Murphy said...

Oh that Queen Anne is one royal show stopper.
Happy Twirls

Carolyn said...

Queen Annes Lace bring back such wonderful memories. As a kid I used to press them and make cards to send and sell. We have no QAL on island. Your photos are so lovely. Have a fun weekend and we'll see you on the flip side!
Have a great week and weekend.
Blessings and smiles

dog trot farm said...

I say take advantage of all the summer fun while you can, summer will be over before we know it. I love wild flowers so pretty, leave them and enjoy the music!

Lisa said...

I have always dreamed of going there! Maybe we should house swap?!

http://www.livinlouisiana.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

I do love wildflowers and making bouquets for the cabin. Have a great time at your festival!!

smallpines said...

Now THAT is beautiful! Oh, I can't wait for the days when I can concentrate less on lumber and demolition, and more on making things around here beautiful. Have a great time!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Lovely lovely. All ours are gone now in California. Too stinkin' hot and dry! THanks!

Char said...

I do love wildflowers!! gorgeous shots.

have fun at the festival

Montucky said...

That's the kind of lawn that's not meant to be mowed!

I believe the purple flower is Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris).

Genny said...

The Queen is one of my favorite flowers. In an effort to cut costs, VA has been letting the rough grass grow on roadsides, and the wild flowers were rampant. I LOVE them. Great pictures.

The Retired One said...

I love the Queen Ann's lace..it is gorgeous!

Laurie and Chris said...

I so love wildflowers I would have a hard time getting rid of them.

Have a good trip :)

itsmynature said...

Nice series, Cedar. I particularly like Queen Anne and the Susans. Sounds like a musical group!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Cedar, Hope you have having a wonderful trip and enjoying the Bluegrass Festival.

We're home from a great vacation.. I'll post in the morning.

We have alot of Queen Anne's Lace down here --along the highways now. SO pretty!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Carole said...

Oh I LOVE Queen Anne's Lace - a very underrated flower, I think!

Have a great time at the bluegrass festival - you seem like you are having a really great summer - good for you!! :-D

Beth Niquette said...

I have always loved Queen Anne's Lace! If you look in the center of some of them, you can find a single tiny royal purple blossom. As children we believed finding one meant we had good luck.

I do not believe in good luck these days--but in God's blessings!

My favorite viewing of Queen Anne's lace is when the fields are filled with their blossomings. the winds blow and they dip their heads to its song. It is a rare and lovely dance I watch for every summer.

Tammie Lee said...

Oh, have a wonderful time at the festival. The purple flower is Prunella vulgaris- more commonly known as self heal an herb and food. I eat it. But don't take my word for it, look it up. I find it to be quite lovely.
Lovely array of photos.

GreatBlueRootsRadio said...

I thought the purple flower was Prunella Vulgaris or Self-Heal! Ours tend to bloom in early spring; take over the gardens briefly; and then disappear as summer evolves. Thanks for confirming that Tammie Lee. The flowers make a nice face wash, but really didn't do much for my skin. I find lavender / chamomile washes to be much more enjoyable and beneficial.

Also, Queen Anne's Lace is a wild version of carrots! If you pull it up by the roots and smell you can tell it's a member of the carrot family or Daucus carota. They can also be eaten as carrots. Alas, Queen Anne's roots need to be tripled boiled in order to be edible. Otherwise the roots are far too bitter for most palates. Unfortunately, triple boiling pulls all of the good nutrients out of the root so it is better to enjoy cultivated carrots and they're really easy to grow. Early settlers brought Queen Anne over from England for cultivation.