Simply Balisha

Simply Balisha

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Queen of Wild Flowers

Queen Anne's Lace...or wild carrot? No matter what you call it...I think it is a beautiful wild flower. We picked bouquets of it along with  chicory..... for blue canning jar decorations for Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary. I used it in many craft projects. I always tried to transplant it into my garden, but was never successful. I had a neighbor, who was moving to Georgia years ago and she shared a love for it. She got to Georgia and found that it wasn't growing there. She wrote me a letter telling me how homesick she was and how she missed things like our wildflowers. I sent her several plants that I had dug up along the road...and was surprised when they grew for her. She had the greenest thumb... I planted roadside wildflower seeds along the border of the woods last year and so Queen Anne's Lace.

There are many tales about how this flower got it's name. One was that it was named for Saint Anne, the mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus. Another that it was growing in the royal gardens when Queen Anne became the wife of James the 1st. Queen Anne was an accomplished lace maker and she had a contest for her ladies in waiting. The maid who could make lace as beautiful as the flower would have the flower named after her. The Queen won the contest and forever after the flower has been known as Queen Anne's Lace. There is a tiny flower in the middle..... of red or purple. It is said that the queen pricked her finger, while making lace, and it dropped on the flower...thus giving the flower this little bit of red in the center.
I love all these old stories and I don't know what the real story is....we'll never really know.

The wild flower has graced our country roads....coming from England. It attracts the caterpillars of various butterflies, and also lady bugs, and many beneficial insects. It's taproot is where the carrot came from. The leaves, when rubbed, smell like parsley. It is a biennial and the 2nd year the plant can reach as high as six feet.

I've never had anything to do with farming...other than eating the food that is grown in the fields. I realize that farmers have to get rid of weeds....although I worry about all the chemicals and weed preventative things that they do to ensure a good yield. I do wish, however, that the roadsides could be a little bit more like the days when I was a barefoot girl with pigtails, picking bouquets along country roads.

1 comment:

  1. We never used chemicals to get rid of it--it was my job to go along the fence rows and dig it up--a daily job all summer long.