Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Queen of Wildflowers: Queen Anne's Lace

I love Queen Anne's Lace, and always look forward to springtime when its elegant lacy blooms can be seen blowing in the breeze along roadsides and in fields. This past Easter weekend, I noticed some along the interstate and couldn't wait to go back and capture it with my camera.

I hope you will click on the pictures to enlarge them
and see the exquisite details in this beautiful little flower.

In anticipation of writing this post, I did a little research on Queen Anne's Lace and learned that it originated in Europe, where it was used in old Victorian gardens. It is also known as "Wild Carrot," and can be found growing wild along roadsides almost anywhere in America.

Queen Anne's Lace is best known for its flowers, which are tiny and white, blooming in lacy, flat-topped clusters which resemble little doilies. Curiously, at the center of the flower heads there is a floret that is deep reddish-purple.


No one knows for sure what the function of this special feature might be, but English tradition says it is a drop of blood that fell from Anne's finger when she pricked it making lace. More than likely, the colored flower part serves as a target for potential pollinators.

And speaking of "pollinators" ... I was delighted to discover a couple of ladybugs busily doing whatever ladybugs do ...



Actually, I think this one is a GUY ladybug,
for lack of a better name for him ...



As with most flowers, I found the underside of Queen Anne's Lace to be just as beautiful and interesting ...

This photo reminds me of one of those rides with the seats that go round and round that you see at a fair ...

I hope you enjoyed my "up close and personal" photos of Queen Anne's Lace, and will join me tomorrow as I share more of the wonderful world of wildflowers that we don't see when we're just "passing by."

I'd like to thank our gracious hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for taking the time to host our "Outdoor Wednesdays." I always look forward to seeing what's going on in everyone's outdoors, especially now that Spring is here!

13 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful photos, Janie!

Queen Anne's Lace grows beside the little creek behind our house. I can't wait to see it again, this spring, which is coming slowly to Missouri, this year. I love photographing this very photogenic wildflower.

Lisa said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace too! What beautiful photos. And that sweet little ladybug...too cute. Thank you sharing your awesome talent with us!

YaYa's Funhouse said...

Who would have thought they could be this pretty. We have such a busy life sometimes we just need to stop and take notice of God's amazing work. I loved the underside again the beautiful blue sky. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

I love your photos...breathtaking!!! Love the ladybug!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Janie, breathtaking pictures....so pretty!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

flmom said...

I really enjoyed seeing these pics. I was absolutely fascinated with Queen Anne's Lace as a child (it grew wild in and along the ditches by my home).

Lisa Shatzer said...

I also love queen anns lace. Your photos are great, especially love the ones with the sky above.

Smilingsal said...

I love this pictures and the legend! Thank you for sharing.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Janie..Sorry I haven't been around as much lately..... I haven't felt good. Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

kbbryant said...

What a wonderful and informative post. I love your header too. Spectacular photos from all views.

Kathy b

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Beautiful photos Janie,
I'm going to have to look for some to add to my perennial garden!

Beth at Aunties said...

The pictures were beautiful! Loved the lady bugs, the history and all the beautiful flowers. I wish we ahd flowers growing wild along the road sides as beautiful as the south does.
The cabin in Georgia is so beautiful. I hope your family has a wonderful time again.

Light and Voices said...

Your photographs of ladybugs are amazing! They are so tiny and delicate. Ladybugs didn't just look like a dot on the flowers. Thank you for the description of Queen Anne's Lace. Very intersting information.
Joyce