It’s that time of year (depending upon where you live, this post could be a little early!) when my favorite weeds, Queen Anne’s lace and Wild Chicory, are popping up alongside of roads, in fields & generally anywhere there’s untended dirt.
One of my favorite flowers (if not favorite ) is Queen Anne’s Lace. It was named after Queen Anne, who was adept at lacemaking. Many of the flowers have reddish/ purple blooms in the center and it’s said that it’s a drop of Queen Anne’s blood from pricking her finger while making lace.
I can’t get over its color & again, it just gives me this nostalgic feeling whenever I see it. An herbal tea of it, taken a couple of times a day, is said to help your metabolism according to old herbal lore. I used to love picking the flowers & drying them out for the tea, but to be honest, I wasn’t really into the tea & enjoyed making it & the pretty packaging for it more than I did drinking it. I think I still have a a 15-year old homemade box of it somewhere. hahah
Anyway, if you haven’t glanced at the roadsides lately, take a look. There are so many beautiful “weeds.” The best part is, we’re going to Illinois in August for a couple of weeks and just as the flowers start to fade here in Virginia, they’ll be in full bloom there. Can’t wait!!