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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Outdoor Shower

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This side faces the house and the rest is covered in nature for privacy

When you live on a farm it pays to have an outdoor shower.  Ok, I admit we installed it after seeing the first Sex in the City movie where the neighbor had a beautiful……..outdoor shower!!  I forced the man of the house a few years back to see the movie with me and this is what came of it.  He installed a shower within the week.

This truly has been a saving grace during the spring/summer/fall with the kids.  They come in from playing in the woods, the frog pond, riding 4 wheelers and so on and they are covered in mud.  They know before they can step foot in the house they have to shower off.  Most of the time clothes and all!!

The adults in the house enjoy it under the moonlight.  There’s something to be said about taking an outdoor shower under the beautiful dark night sky with fireflies lighting up all around you and the beautiful stars overhead.

The sign has become a neighborhood saying.  A friend found this sign for us and hung it while we were gone.  It says Showers $1.00 To Watch $2.00  It still makes me laugh every year when I hang it up.  I purchased some beautiful tropical looking vines and bushes so even during the day it is private to the world only open facing the house.

We purchased a beautiful wooden arbor but it’s starting to peel now and next year we will have to replace it but it will be worth the work!! 

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Showers $1.00 To Watch $2.00