This week I made a very simple country bouquet.
I had been to visit my sister, Lynette, who just last year built a home way out in the country. With several acres, come lots of overgrown weeds and vegetation that can make simply lovely bouquets. So as we took a walk around her land and pond with a jar of water, we gathered Queen Anne’s Lace ‘Daucus carota’ and Swamp Milkweed ‘Asclepias incarnata’ to make our bouquet.
Usually found along roadsides and unused fields, common names are wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, but I have always known it as Queen Anne’s lace. It brings back many memories from childhood as I was raised a country girl. Sadly, I have never seen any here in the city, but a trip to my sister’s home sets that all aright.
Queen Anne’s lace is a herbaceous, somewhat variable biennial plant that grows 1 – 2 feet tall (30 – 60 cm). The flowers have a deep reddish purple (almost black) flower in the center of the umbel, whose purpose is to attract insects.
As the seeds develop, the umbel curls up into itself.
Some people consider it to be a beneficial companion plant and has been noticed to boost the production of tomatoes when planted nearby. But here in Ohio, it is listed as a noxious weed.
Swamp milkweed is one of Ohio’s most common and only milkweed species that prefers wet ground. Stems are usually 1 – 4 feet tall and is poisonous to livestock and children if eaten in sufficient quantities.
I particularly like that it’s flower heads have flowers in all stages of bloom.
A simple canning jar . . .
compliments a simple country bouquet.
This photo was overexposed, but I’ll leave you with it’s soft, dreamy look and wish you a happy Monday and week ahead.