Friend or Foe??

Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed….or is it?  If you do not know what it is, read about it here.  It is considered a wild carrot.  I personally have never eaten one but it is considered a wild food source.

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This is after 24 hours in the dye. It’s actually a light pink, darker purple, and blue hue

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when picked it’s this pretty white color

We have quite a bit of this around our area and by quite a bit I mean it’s everywhere.  If you are a gardener and this weed is in your garden, it is quite a chore to get rid of it.  I never looked at it as a problem plant (like my Japanese Lanterns that I wish I had never planted) because it is pretty when it’s growing.

A fellow blogger who has a wonderfully talented way of sharing things and a very interesting blog you can find here: (Cynthia Reyes) recently shared a very funny quip of this fine weed.  Read it here.  This reminded me of something my sister had done with her children and taught my children.  If you snip this pretty flower and place it in a cup with water and food coloring, the plant will drink the dye and the top of the flower will take on a pale shade of the food coloring. After 2 days you spray the top of the flower with hair spray to keep it from shedding out its pretty lace and display it in a vase for a few days.  Cheap and very pretty table decoration.

I decided to show a quick breakdown of how to do this for anyone else who has this weed, flower, free table centerpiece growing in their yards or gardens.  Unfortunately I only had a little of the regular food coloring which works the best.  I used gel color which is great for frostings but not as good for flower dying!!  Give it a try with your kids or for your next flower arrangement!!

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9 thoughts on “Friend or Foe??

  1. Queen Anne’s Lace is blooming profusely right now, and I have it in bouquets all over the house. Love the idea of changing its color.

  2. I’m so glad you tried it and it worked! The other suggestion is to dry it and use it on the Christmas tree. I told my husband yesterday, “We have to go Lace-picking this weekend!” The guy who ripped it out of our garden didn’t reply….

  3. Reblogged this on Cynthia Reyes and commented:
    I am surrounded by creative divas. In response to Her Royal Lacy-ness,
    Reader Lydia Hallard says dried Queen Anne’s lace goes beautifully on Christmas trees.
    “If you pick the heads when they’re full but still fresh, and place them face-down on a cardboard lid or cookie sheet, they will dry flat and make very pretty natural Christmas tree decorations–you can just rest them among the branches.”
    And a blogger friend has posted another great idea about how to use Queen Anne’s Lace.
    Who knew? (Well, not me, obviously…)

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