Summer Lovin’

Summer brings abundance, if not excess, of everything: zucchinis, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, lightning bugs, hummingbirds, ripe, juicy peaches, wild blackberries, festivals, picnics, perspiration, swimming in the lake. I can’t even say what I love the most about summer, so I’ll pick just one: wildflowers.
They are ubiquitous, even in the city. Any abandoned lot, a crack in the sidewalk, a river bank, will sprout their seeds.
Right now, I see an ocean of white lacy saucers suspended on tall green stalks everywhere I go. Lacking the color burst of other, more splashy, wildflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) compensates with her intricate, lacy flowerhead that’s really an accumulation of many tiny flowers.

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace is also known as Wild Carrot for it’s edible white root that smells like carrot. However, before you start digging up wildflowers, be aware that Queen Anne’s Lace is part of the parsley family which contains the highly toxic Poison Hemlock. You really would not want to confuse these two plants.

Queen Anne's Lace side view

Queen Anne’s Lace side view

Queen Anne’s has a very flat flower cluster with characteristic bracts below the flower cluster. It often also has a dark purple floweret in the very center of the white lacy cluster.

Queen Anne's Lace flower cluster

Queen Anne’s Lace flower cluster

When the flower cluster is done blooming, it curls itself into a cup-like shape that resembles a bird’s nest:

Birdnest stage

Birdnest stage

To me, a field of Queen Anne’s Lace warmed abundantly by sun and swarming with insects is the epitome of Summer. Please take a look at a much earlier post with a meadow full of this elegant wildflower and a poem to go with it.

This post was created in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’.

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22 Responses to Summer Lovin’

  1. isoleevie says:

    Beautiful! Just tonight as my daughters and I walked I pointed them out and we talked about how they are such a pretty part of summer.


  2. Love them. We stopped along the road this week and I dug up three hoping they will grow on the edge of the property. They grow like weeds up here but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think they are gorgeous. 🙂


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  4. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely shots Annette – I’m a big fan of Queen Anne’s lace too and you’ve captured it beautifully. I especially like your final shot.


  5. Barbara Downs says:

    These are beautiful! A birds eye view of summer.
    Barbara Downs


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  7. Icelandica says:

    love Queen Anne’s lace. Sometimes my yard is full of them. This year, not so much. Beautiful photos, as always.


  8. Lovely pics, Lola, which reminded me of my childhood. These plants used to grow along the hedgerows in the country lanes near to our home. My sister and I used to pick huge bunches of them to take home to Mom. I didn’t know that they were poisonous. 🙂


  9. Absolutely great choice. They grow along my field abundantly with milkweed and varied grasses. Lovely photos.


  10. Irgendwie erinnern mich diese Bilder an schoene Sommertage in Deutschland, good job, Annette


  11. dogear6 says:

    Swoon! I love those shots. I have to find me some to practice on. They are such a sign of summer too. You did good!



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  13. suzjones says:

    That is so pretty. Thanks for the botany lesson my dear. 🙂


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