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Queen Anne's Lace

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Being in the mountains last weekend reminded me of how much I used to love the wild flower, Queens Anne's Lace.  When I was a little girl, I would hop onto my bike with a banana seat and blue tires, and go in search of the flowers.


As much as I favor white flowers now, my younger version preferred colorful flowers, so Mom and Dad taught me a little trick with food coloring.


Over the weekend, we decided to try it again.  I used basic blue and green food coloring - then red and blue were mixed to make purple.  Simply follow the directions on the box.  1-2" of water was added to the glass.
The next morning, this is what they looked like.

This is a fun project for kids of all ages, even old ones like me.  Let me know if you try it.

Just so you know, blue tires leave very cool blue skid marks on the road when you slam on brakes.

24 comments:

  1. I love Queen Anne's Lace. It's so delicate and beautiful.
    Your posting reminded me of the days in Texas when in fifth grade we had to collect 50 different types of Texas wildflowers, press them, place them in a loose-leaf binder and label them by scientific name and where they were found. If you did not have this book turned in at the end of the year you did not pass to the sixth grade! More than a science project this activity was given credit for many fun family outtings to help collect these wildflowers. My book followed me throughout our early married years until unfortunately it burned in a fire. When it came down to it, I recall that we collected some seventy-five different wildflowers. It was a very special way to learn about many of the Texas wildflowers that we all enjoy and look forward to seeing each year.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  2. These are gorgeous Rene'. Would love to have these growing wild where I live..cant believe food coloring can create such beauty.
    Rebecca x

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  3. Oh my gosh....My Mom taught me that very trick as a child growing up. I actually grew up in Charlotte, and we had them all over the yard. What a great memory.
    Sherry

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  4. Very clever! Pretty wildflower... and, about that bike!

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  5. Those flowers are so pretty. Wish we had them around here. We used to do it with carnations when we were kids. The queen annes lace is much prettier!

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  6. I love Queen Ann's Lace! They also remind me of my childhood when my grandpa and I would pick them for my grandma! Now my kids get them and do the food coloring to them as well. They always turn out so cute!!! I actually had to buy artificial ones a while back and put them in my room. I can enjoy them all year long and relive memories with my grandpa!

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  7. I love Queen Anne's Lace!
    Your colored ones are so pretty! I've done this with daisies & carnations but never thought to try this with QAL - might have to find me some!
    happy wednesday : )

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  8. How fun! I had forgotten about that little trick. Brings me back to my lil girlie days
    T

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  9. That's so cool. I can''t wait to impress my daughter with that trick! Thanks.

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  10. Wildflowers are so special, aren't they? Because they're just there for us, in a field, by the side of the road, to enjoy, without us having to do anything. Such a gift!

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  11. You made a great point Casey. With no effort on our part and even in the hottest driest summers, wild flowers share their beauty. They are truly a gift.

    -Rene

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  12. I had forgotten all about the food dye trick. I use to do it as a girl with white carnations and you can follow the tiny veins in the petals as they take on the color. I use to spend some of my allowance on fresh flowers for my room. Now that I think about it, -- that was kinda strange. But I still love fresh flowers in the house.

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  13. How fun, this is new to me we might need to give this a try.
    Love the bike tidbit, so funny.
    Londen

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  14. Gorgeous photos! When I was a little girl riding in the car with my dad, he would pull over whenever we saw Queen Anne's lace to let me pick it. Thanks for bringing back that memory to me!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com
    P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say 'hi'!

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  15. It does indeed look fun! I don't think we have that flower around these parts. Haven't seen any.
    Brenda

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  16. that is soooo cool! i am going to do this with my kids one day. how fun and the flowers look so prett with the faint hues.

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  17. Just another cool thing I'd love to do!

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  18. What a great idea! And these are so pretty!

    Luvs!

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  19. i love queen anne's lace too. it reminds me of my mom.

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  20. I had queen annes lace in my wedding bouquet, so it has sentimental value:) I have always had a dream of running through a field of it...something romantic about it. What a neat idea. Next time I have some I will have to try it.

    --Gretchen

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  21. Last week I passed a field of Queen Anne's Lace and it brought back so many memories. And your post is bringing even more memories back. It is so delicate and so beautiful. When I was a little girl, we would ride our bikes to a field and pick bouquets and rush home to put the flowers in glasses with food coloring. It was so much fun. Thank you for the lovely memories.

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  22. I love Queen Anne's Lace and wish I could find some around here to put on my table. When I was a kid, we used to put it in food coloring like you've done. Fun!

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