Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oh, those wild carrots

Summer is nearing its halfway point. The carotte sauvage (wild carrot or Queen Anne's Lace) is in full bloom. I associate the plant with late summer, but it's here now. I hope that's not a sign that summer will end early.

Some of the flowers form a ball shape. The small red flower at center attracts insects.

A more characteristic flat flower head with a special guest looking for nectar.

4 comments:

  1. We made the same comment yesterday, noticing that the Queen Anne's Lace was early this year. I love this flower with all it's very delicate 'lace work' of miniature blossoms.
    I grew up with the story that Queen Anne pricked her finger while making lace and thus the 'drop of blood' in the middle.
    Thanks for dropping by today, good to hear from you.

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  2. Well, after all, it is the end of July.

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  3. I didn't know about that speck of red. You always seem to have some tidbit of information that appeals to me, Walt. Merci! I cannot wait to see some Queen Anne's Lace, now so I can examine that red spot up close and personal.

    Mary in Oregon

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  4. jim, that's interesting (the part about noticing that the QAL is early this year). Sometimes I wonder if these things are all in my head!

    starman, true, but summer lasts until September 21.

    mary, I perform many seconds, sometimes minutes, of grueling research for my readers. ;)

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