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My Grandma’s Favorite

July 3rd, 2012

My dad’s mom always said that Queen Anne’s Lace was her favorite flower.  I don’t know if it’s true, or if she just said that because we’d pick bouquets of it for her.

I happen to love it and always let it grow and bloom, though I cut the seed heads to keep it from spreading to liberally. Now that I’ve been cultivating it I have a few really nice patches of it.

If you look closely, Queen Anne’s Lace is actually one big flower made up of thousands of tiny flowers.

I’m not the only one that loves it, it’s constantly abuzz with little pollinators. Some folks may consider it a weed, but I’ll always have some growing in my gardens and I’ll often think of my Grandma Meade when I see the first white lacy bloom.

What’s your favorite wildflower?

Quote of the Day: John Steinbeck

July 18th, 2010

“Well, just once in a while you get that feeling–I never look at anything. I never take time to see anything. It’s going to be over, and I won’t know–even how an apple grows.” said Jim.

John Steinbeck (In Dubious Battle)

I make sure I take time to notice the little things throughout the day. I find that when I take some time to look around I notice things I’ve never seen before, like the delicacy of a Queen Anne’s Lace as the evening light hits it. I’ve never noticed the way the buds have little bird’s nests on the back, so lovely.

What little things do you like to take notice of?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.