Fri Mar 2023

Queen Anne’s Lace

entrance to our driveway, we’ve seen many volunteers come and go over the years. Some were invasive plants like tiger lilies that we had to pull up, to keep them from spreading throughout the yard. Others didn’t survive. We talked about planting a rock garden there, but never got to it.

Finally a volunteer has come along that fills the spot, and that everyone likes. I almost pulled it up until my neighbor told me it’s Queen Anne’s lace, a member of the carrot family that is currently in favor among gardeners. It’s far more impressive in real life than pictured at left. The flowers move about gaily in the breeze, reminding me of a sculptor’s mobile. They also change position and appearance from day to day.

Of course, I’m not a gardener and don’t know much about these things — that is, until I decide to photograph a flower; then I do a little reading so I can write intelligently about it. I know that some readers of this blog are devoted gardeners. I’d be delighted to hear if any have Queen Anne’s lace, or “wild carrot” as it’s also called, in their gardens.

I found these flowers difficult to photograph, as they were moving constantly in the breeze, and had no big, hard edges for the camera to focus on. I had to take forty-odd shots to get these two. To my chagrin, I failed to notice two, big, gold horseflies on the flower in the top photo, until viewing the photos later on the computer screen. Luckily, I had a digital fly swatter in my kit bag.