Tuesday, August 3, 2010

........and Old Lace



Everybody loves flowers. 


We all have our favourites.


One of mine is 'Queen Anne's Lace', Daucus Carota or commonly known also as Wild Carrot, Bird's Nest and Bishop's Lace. It is native to temperate regions of Europe and introduced to North America.






I remember the first time I was shown one. I was totally intrigued with the intricacy of each individual flower within the whole blossom. It blew me away.


And when I was told about the 'red' spot....well that made it my absolute favourite.....up till then.






For those who don't know, the red on the flower represents a drop of blood from Queen Anne's finger....she was making lace. So the legend goes.


Every now and then, I have come across a pink blossom.....






These are probably 'mutants' but they sure are pretty.


The blossoms used in this blog were taken this past Saturday along the Gaspereau Canal in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.





17 comments:

  1. I love when the roadsides are filled with Queen Ann's Lace...so pretty!

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  2. I've seen those pink blossoms, too. Though your example is much pinker than the ones that I have seen. That must be the canal that Sophie loves to swim in.

    I have a question for you. How do you get your picture so large on your blog? I have checked the "large" button on my blog, but they all come out the same size. I'd love to be able to get some of them to show up bigger.

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  3. Louise, yes it is the same Canal that Sophie loves!
    You may have to 'update' your design editor. I had to. Let me check and I'll let you know on your blog.

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  4. The Queen Anne's Lace is so pretty, it would make a great picture hanging on the wall. You are really such a good photographer! I try, but a lot of the time I just point and shoot, is too hot to try for various angles right now. I probably could use some classes....

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  5. I didn't notice how large your photos were, so I want to know too. Thanks! I love these flowers too -- we have them in Sweden, fields full of the, I have photos, I believe. I don't think we have them here in the canyon.--Inger

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  6. I have this in a large pot in my garden=love it! If I stay good about watering it, it lasts all summer long. I didn't know about the drop of blood legend-that makes me love it even more.

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  7. Sharon, You have a great eye...no lessons needed. Maybe an updated camera will give you more choices. Our camera really does do most of the 'work'.

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  8. Isn't mother nature the greatest artist of all? Absolutely beautiful. xxx

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  9. found you

    Welcome and thanks for following.

    Mal

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  10. Hi Jabacue! Glad we found each other's blogs! I love Queen Anne's lace, but have never heard the "drop of blood" story before! Guess that little piece of folklore was unknown to anyone in my little circle when I was a kid and picked Queen Anne's lace all the time.

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  11. I love Queen Anne's Lace. It doesn't grow here on the high prairie, but I remember it well from my high school years in Maryland. It was a common roadside flower, and I used to fantasize about bridal bouquets when I saw it. I was in love with my future husband! Thanks for the happy memory.

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  12. Today I learned something new. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful photos.

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  13. I too love Queen Anne's lace. It grows like crazy here in New England.

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  14. Is this the same as Cow Parsley we have here ? Probably not.

    You asked about T'ai Chi.. I love it & have been going to a class for about three years. I even went on an incredible retreat to Greece. It's very calming. Class is over for the summer but next week we are meeting in the grounds of a castle for two hours T'ai Chi then a picnic. I expect we will get some funny looks !!!

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  15. Penny, some pics would be great of that!

    Must be right up the Eastern sea-board Rick.

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  16. Very dainty. Like a doilie of yesteryear. So delicate. Loved the pics.

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  17. Jack N Jill has pics of the Naked Ladies....just saw them. My favorite flower.

    Liz

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