Welcome to Week 19 of The Blooms.
I know Spring is coming to an end and Summer is on the way as Queen Anne’s Lace, or Cow Parsley, (Anthriscus Sylvestris) is blooming both in my garden and the lanes and hedgerows all around the neighbourhood. Although not quite as obvious as the clouds of cream lace lining English country roads that I remember as a child, the foaming froth of tiny white blooms on umbrella like stalks is ever-present here in North Vancouver as well.
Unsure of the rules and regulations about picking wildflowers around district and regional park land, I’m glad to have ample supply in my own front garden in an overgrown flower bed hidden behind our trailer.
Once picked, it lasts amazingly well. I seared the ends in boiling water and then plunged them into cold water up to their necks for about 10 minutes.
I thought it would be fun to arrange the Queen Ann’s Lace into a tight mound just for a change from its looser appearance in the wild.
I also couldn’t help but add a small more natural looking posie as well. A collection of terracotta pots awaiting Geraniums that I haven’t had chance to buy yet, made a great spot for the two arrangements.
You won’t have seen the last of Queen Anne’s Lace in my arrangements. I have to say, it’s another favourite of mine!