Saturday, July 05, 2008

Queen Ann's Lace

The Queen Ann's Lace is in full bloom.

It is my favorite wildflower.
It is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly.

18 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Exquisite flower as the Blackswallowtail knows very well.

ChrisND said...

I like the look and natural appeal of flowers like Queen Ann's Lace...We don't have any in our yard, but there is some plant that looks similar -- probably related.

Marvin said...

Beautiful shot of the QAL and swallowtail. QAL is one of my favorite wildflowers too. We have it in profusion along our road so I keep it out of our yard. Those seeds do not go well with long-haired dogs.

Cheryl said...

Perfection Sherry....absolute perfection.

kkryno said...

Queen Ann's Lace reminds me of mountain yarrow that you see some of here, although QAL is much more delicate and regal. How beautiful and a wonderful contrasting color for the Blackswallowtail. Thank you for sharing them both with us. Love, Vikki

Jayne said...

As a kid, I remember my mom telling us to always steer clear of Queen Anne's Lace as it hosted chiggers as well...lol! :c) Beautiful Swallowtail Sherry.

smilnsigh said...

Our Queen Ann's Lace blooms earlier than yours does. But other flowers bloom sooner for you, than for us. How interesting is Mother Nature. :-)

Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh

scienceguy288 said...

Queen's Ann's Lace is a beatiful and delicate flower.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
When my children were little we would go to the woods the first of July and pick Queen Ann's Lace. I would carry a bucket of water so the stmes were immediately immersed. Back home I would put my flowers in colored water. In a couple of days the Queen Ann would turn blue from the blue colored water or pink from the red water. I did my 4th of July arrangements with the flowers. Once the children grew up I went to the woods and dug a small plant. I have been growing Queen Ann's Lace in my backyard for many years now. This is the first time I have seen the Black Swallowtail lay her eggs on the flower. I was amazed! My butterfly book says the QAL is a favorite of the Black Swallowtail.
Maybe in the wild it is. In my backyard they seems to go for the parsley and the fennel.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Chris,
I also love the wildflowers. They can become invasive...
I have Bishop's weed. It looks similiar to QAL. It is invasive! A garden club lady gave me a small piece years ago. Seems as if I have been weeding it out ever since.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Marvin,
Thank you! I am planning on printing this picture for a frame I have here in my office.
I would think the QAL seed would be a mess with your dogs. I grow it for the bees and the butterflies.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you.
I liked the watercolor background of this picture and the Queen Ann's Lace and the Black Swallowtail..
Ahh...
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Vikki,
I think Queen Ann's Lace, the wild carrot, is beautiful. When I travel in the early summer and see the wild places filled with QAL I am so happy. I love the way it sways in the breeze.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Jayne,
Chiggers!!! Maybe that is what has eaten me up!
I wonder if the Hummers know? I think they like chiggers. LOL
Thanks, Jayne. She is lovely.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Mari-Nanci,
The QAL has been in bloom for a few weeks. I have some that is in seed. Seeing the Black Swallowtail laying her eggs on the bloom was different! I think the QAL blooms all of July here.
So often bloom time is different. Some of my QAL is in shade, so it is smaller and blooms and much later.
It is pretty.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Scienceguy288,
I so enjoy seeing QAL on the road side when we drive about. The few plants I have growing in my backyard are for the bugs!
Sherry

Wendy said...

Haven't seen queen Ann lace up close. Will have to look for it.
Nice photo - very elegant.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
Queen Ann's Lace is the tall white wild flower that you usually can see growing on the road side.
My favorite wild flower.
Thank you. I do like this picture.
Sherry