Lacy Queen Anne

My field of dreams is yielding

a healthy crop Queen Anne’s Lace~

Replacing the daisies and cornflowers~

 Cornflowers were at one time on the prohibited plant list

in North Carolina since they’re so invasive~

Personally I find dandelions more problematic

since we’ve never been invaded by cornflowers :)

 Queen Anne’s Lace arrived with the colonists

from Europe and naturalized in North America.

A biennial, it’s also known as ‘Wild Carrot’, ‘Bishop’s Lace’

and ‘Bird’s Nest Weed’~

And because of its ability to spread rapidly is

considered in some states to be a noxious weed~

While I love the lacy flowered caps. . .

. . .I’m drawn to the bird’s nest shape

it forms after pollination

when the umbels and stems curve

inward to form a cup shape~

I don’t find it noxious at all :)

 A section of our field has been mowed,

the bales quickly carted off~

 Queen Anne’s reign

is over until next year ~

Other wildflowers and weeds

will soon take her place ~

One man’s weed

is another person’s flower~

May all your weeds be wildflowers!

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  51 comments for “Lacy Queen Anne

  1. June 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    :D Love the wildflowers on your dock. What a cute container! These mosaics are breathtaking! Enjoy your weekend, my dear!

  2. June 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Such an informative post! Queen Ann’s Lace is one of my very favorite wildflowers! Noxious? Not at all!!!! I see you love them too… they look so beautiful against the water in your woven basket.
    I love your berry angel food cake. It is a work of art, Mary!
    I come to your blog for beauty and inspiration!!!!!

  3. June 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I think Quen Anne’s lace is beautiful and not at all NOXIOUS!!! Wildflowers are some of the prettiest, my BIL has a fied planted with them too. LOVE the basket on the dock. Have a beautiful weekend. XO, Pinky

  4. June 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    PS, I have never SEEN them in the “birds nest” state, that is awesome!!!!!

  5. Rena
    June 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Queen Anne’s Lace is my favorite, this is what I used to cover my Mom when she passed. It was stunning. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

  6. June 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Queen Anne’s Lace is one of my favorite wildflowers….! I don’t consider them weeds at all – when I lived in SC I loved driving the old roads and collecting Queen Anne’s Lace, wild daylilies and blue hydrangeas I would find at an old abandoned homestead… I always had huge arrangements of them in my house…The three together speak of summer to me…

  7. June 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I have loved Queen Anne’s Lace since I was a little girl. Maybe because my mom loved it, maybe because of the name. I know there is “comfort food”, but if there was such a thing as “comfort flowers” this would have to be one of mine. Beautiful post, and I will check the ones growing next to my driveway for the bird’s nest stage! Thanks, Mary!

  8. a beach diary
    June 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    you have fields too? how come i never knew, acreage at the lake? they used qal in my shoot too, i have a big bouquet on the table now as i type… and i have your same carrier, peas in a pod with stuff :)

  9. June 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Love the Lace … beautiful post with lots of info, too!

  10. June 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Mary, you continue to amaze me with your talent. What inspiration you’ve given with this post. I never knew all this about Queen Ann’s Lace, yet I’ve long admired the delicate blooms. The basket hanging on the pier post ~ took my breath away. Totally charming from start to finish! ~ sarah

  11. June 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful post Mary. I love photographing Queen Anne’s Lace and I love it especially when it forms a cup.

    The basket at the dock is fabulous!

  12. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I saw my first Queen Anne’s Lace today on the side of the road! They are pretty. I love wildflowers, as long as they’re anywhere but in my garden:@)

  13. Carolyn
    June 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Mary, I have always loved Queen Anne’s Lace, but although seeing the “nest” , I never equated it to nests until you pointed it out. How unobservant can I be? I must slow down and SEE the nests.

  14. June 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Mary,
    One of my favorite wild flowers is Queen Anne’s Lace! I learned early on NOT to plant it in my gardens or it would be a nuisance. But I too enjoy bringing them in for vases. Your pictures are GORGEOUS! If you like to read, you MUST read “Brothers Gardeners”…It is WONDERFUL and about the first exchange of the plants from the New World. It’s my VERY FAVORITE BOOK…
    Have a fun weekend,

  15. June 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I adore Queen Anne’s Lace too! It’s hard to believe it’s ever thought of as a noxious weed. I remember as a child we would gather up a bouquet and put it in a glass of water with food coloring. Education??? It is a beautiful wild flower and I loved learning more of its history from you. It is such a graceful flower blowing in the breeze and I love your bouquet in the woven basket.

  16. June 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I have been wanting to cut some Queen Anne’s Lace and your is just lovely and especially in the basket. Beautiful images.

  17. June 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    There is something about Queen Anne’s Lace that just reminds me of care free summer days.

    – The Tablescaper

  18. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    June 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    When we visited NC many times during the summers, I always looked forward to seeing the beautiful flowers, including the Queen Anne’s lace…I love them and cannot believe that anyone would consider them a weed as they are beautiful and now that I live here, I love seeing them throughout the summer..they look fantastic on your dock…..Loved your photography AS ALWAYS…gorgeous images!!!!

  19. June 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I consider them to be flowers as well and they look so pretty and delicate in your basket!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  20. June 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Your basket full of Queen Annes Lace is just wonderful. I used to see these wild flowers on road trips up to Vermont…they bring back such beautiful memories. What a lovely welcome to people on your dock!

  21. June 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The Queen Anne’s Lace is beautiful. Your photos are lovely. Have a great week!

  22. Marilyn
    June 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Ah…another wonderful trip down memory lane! As a child, I loved gathering wildflowers and there was field filled with them very close to our house. QA lace was always a big favorite of mine.

    The basket of wildflowers on your dock is gorgeous!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  23. June 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I loved this post! I collect Queen Anne’s lace seeds in the fall to sprinkle in my garden.

  24. A Garden of Threads
    June 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Queen’s Lace has not started to flower here, they beautiful models for photography.

  25. Vee
    June 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I learned so much here today. Very interesting. I promise to pay better attention to the Queen Anne’s Lace as I’ve missed the birds’ nest bit.

  26. June 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    what a beautiful flower Queen Anne’s Lace is – I have seen it before in some of Mary’s images – and always wished I had some to photograph here – we have nothing like it I think. It is such a wonderful photography subject and you have made some beautiful images of it.
    Have a wonderful week.

  27. June 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Sorry – my post linked to my wordpress site – i wanted to link to my blog for todays post – oops!

  28. June 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    We have all those wild flowers and yes I find dandelions more invasive. I love that basket full of flowers. ^_^


  29. June 18, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I love Queen Anne’s lace – so delicate and pretty. And I can see where it is called wild carrot – while weeding it out of spots where I don’t want it, I notice the foliage is very carrotlike.
    Have a great week.

  30. June 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Beautiful shots! Really pretty. I love “one man’s flower’s are another man’s weeds, so true. We have pretty weeds here with very pretty little hot pink flowers!

  31. June 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Fantastic photos and mosaics. Queen Annes Lace is lovely. The cornflowers have nearly disappeared here! Have a nice week.

  32. Chris Hagen
    June 18, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Something different…. When I was growing up my grandmother used to take food dye and add it to the water of a bouquet of Queen Annes Lace and in no time the flowers themselves would be turning the color of the water. It was interesting. During the 4th of July she took 2 small bunches and added red to one and blue coloring to another and left some white and we had a patriotic centerpiece for our table. I love the lacey look of the flower. They also add to a bouquet of roses!

  33. June 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    What a beautiful post! I love all your photos of the pretty weeds. :) I don’t think I’ve noticed the bird’s nest stage of Queen Anne’s Lace before. I must pay more attention as it’s really pretty. I love your bouquet hanging from the dock post. Enjoy the day! Pamela

  34. June 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Beautiful photographs. What a bright cheery blog. Well done, its lovely.
    Lynn no. 43

  35. June 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Absolutely gorgeous entry, love this series, and hoping you did not get any chiggers from your exploring. I have to slather in SSS when I go out to get such beauties~

  36. Pondside
    June 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

    You’re right about ‘one man’s weed’ because I love cornflowers and Queen Anne’s Lace – but morning glory is a scourge in these parts.
    Is there anything prettier than a wildflower bouquet?

  37. June 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    A wonderful wild flower presentation.

  38. June 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I loved your post! There were many flowers that I had never seen before. I love the Queen Anne’s Lace and the Bird Nest weed…hard to believe it is a weed!

  39. June 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

  40. kaye
    June 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    We never see these in FL but up north we had lots of QAL in our back yard. Beautiful photos and very interesting info. Thanks for sharing.

  41. June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Calling by this evening as another Outdoor Wednesday participant. I saw enjoyed seeing all the familiar flowers to here, even the Queen Anne’s Lace which I saw blooming here yesterday.

  42. Jane f
    June 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    So pretty and what great photos you take.

  43. June 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Your “wild flowers” are lovely!

    : )

    Julie M.

  44. June 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I have been a fan of Queen Anne’s Lace for as far back as I can remember. I have always had it as a part of my garden, so was a bit saddened when I moved as I had to leave it behind. Lo and behold as I was driving home from the dentist today, I spotted a huge patch of it in a wild area about a quarter mile from where I live. I’ll be harvesting seeds shortly! Lovely post.

  45. Liz
    July 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    So pretty and lacy. I miss seeing Queen Anne’s Lace. I used to press it when I was a little girl. We loved it. :)
    Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday! :)

  46. Norhaini
    June 9, 2015 at 4:31 am


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