Friday, July 20, 2012

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace by linfrye
Queen Anne's Lace, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

10 1/4" x 14"
Arches 140#CP

Despite the heat and lack of rain, these bright, over 5-foot tall blooms of the Queen Anne's Lace are softening my 'wild' flower garden with white doily-like blossoms. The flat-umbled clusters of florets are a bee-favorite, and when I am outdoors I can hear their constant buzzing as they pollinate my plants for next year's floral display.

I am so thrilled to finally have QAL in my garden! Late last summer, I stopped along the roadsides and clipped the clusters of ecru/tan seedheads from the masses I saw. I strew these seeds everywhere in my garden -- didn't scratch them into the surface at all -- but merely tossed them hither and yon. Early this spring, I noticed their delicate leaves, and as the season progressed, the plants became more numerous. With the early rains we had, these beauties grew and grew until now they are taller than I am. I'll do the same seed collecting this year, and toss the seeds over more garden areas. I really love how their white airy blossoms 'lighten' up all the purple cone flowers and gaillardia and rudbeckias!

I had a great time with the grands yesterday - but today I KNOW I've been exercising. My neighbor and I are doing daily mile and a half walks, and yesterday I added 90 minutes of roller skating (I haven't done THAT in 10 years!!!) and bowling. This morning I'm a wee sluggish and my morning exercise will be a tad forced!! LOL

It's been raining all around us - but none on our garden. I'm hoping today, the predicted 'scattered' showers will somehow 'scatter' over my property and relieve the parched look of everything.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

4 comments:

Lorraine said...

Such a lovely delicate painting Lin. I love the yellowish underlying color along with the darker color. I think it is very difficult to paint Queen Anne's lace but you have succeeded masterfully.

I thought of you when I saw the few bushes of them by the side of the road just outside the subdivision recently and how you stopped and took photographs of them. And to think that all you had to do was throw out some seeds. Isn't nature wonderful!

Wow, you make me tired -- grands, skating and bowling plus walking 1.5 miles daily. Good for you.

We've finally been having rain here but the storms have been bad, taking down huge trees, and flooding roads and houses. I think more is predicted for today. So sad about all the lost crops and for sure higher prices on everything in the coming year. I hope you get your scattered shower today.

Big hugs,
Lorraine

dog training sunshine coast said...

Wow. Splendid painting you did with Queen Anne's Lace. It looks beautiful. It would be a much wonderful if I'll be able to see it in person.

dog training sunshine coast said...

Wow. Splendid painting you did with Queen Anne's Lace. It looks beautiful. It would be a much wonderful if I'll be able to see it in person.

Joan T said...

Lovely job on the Queen's Anne's lace. I don't see much of it here along the roads. Wish I did!

Sounds like you had fun with the grands. I don't know that I would ever put roller skated on my feet again. lol Enjoy!