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  • Writer's pictureBetty Girardeau

A Wildflower Fit For A Queen

They will soon mow the field behind my house and these lovely flowers will get mowed down right along with the grass. Too bad! I will miss seeing them every morning when I get up. Queen Anne's Lace, a perfect common name for the flower of what is actually a wild carrot. This is another edible wildflower, though I have never tried to eat it, but I have read that it is quite tasty eaten raw or batter dipped and fried. I have used them as cut flowers. I just love the lacy elegance of these blooms. It earned its common name from a legend that tells of Queen Anne of England pricking her finger and a drop of blood landed on the white lace she was sewing. Anne was Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland for twelve years from 1702 until her death in 1714. It was during her reign that the Act of Union was passed uniting these three into a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. Other than that, her reign was pretty unremarkable. But she is long remembered because of this lovely field flower. (My apologies for new blog yesterday. I was without internet all day.)

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