this week’s bouquet

This week I made a very simple country bouquet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As the seeds develop, the umbel curls up into itself.

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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.

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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.

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I particularly like that it’s flower heads have flowers in all stages of bloom.

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A simple canning jar . . .

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compliments a simple country bouquet.

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This photo was overexposed, but I’ll leave you with it’s soft, dreamy look and wish you a happy Monday and week ahead.

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14 thoughts on “this week’s bouquet

    1. This is the first time I’ve ever seen this milkweed before and I think it is just lovely. And of course that has always applied to Queen Anne’s lace and the memories it stirs up.

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  1. I love Queen Anne’s Lace. I sowed seeds of a named variety (‘Dara’) in my garden this year, it’s supposed to make a darker flower, rather than white it’s rather reddish. The regular white is a fabulous meadow plant.

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    1. I didn’t know you could buy seeds for Queen Anne’s lace. I doubt we could find them here in the states since it is considered a weed. Anxious to see what yours look like when they bloom.

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