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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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09 August 2010

False vs the real thing

On a previous post, I featured my False Queen Anne's Lace that grows in my cottage garden. I had lots of comments and even a few emails regarding what was different about the "false" and the weed that grows along the roadside. I literally walked across the street to snap a photo of the wild stuff that grows in the ditch.  I thought I would explain the difference.

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As you can see, the false variety is more prolific in blooms that are larger and flatter in shape. They also do not have long tap roots as the wild one's do. They are from two different plant families, the wild ones are considered an invasive weed , but the false can be too if not thinned out early. I love my false variety as they intermingle with the other cottage flowers, and perfect for fillers in a bouquet.  But again, they have to be kept in check or they will quickly take over as you can see in some of my recent posts! Once you sow the seeds--you never will have to sow them again, they will be back every year, I promise!


Anonymous said...

I never knew this...... Interesting!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Marydon said...

I had no idea ... TY for sharing. I may give it a try.

Have a lovely summer's day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh my gosh....I had no idea, either! Thanks for the lesson! I do like the False Queen Anne's Lace better. It's so very pretty!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

artistamyjo said...

Thanks for sharing. I love Queen Ann's lace in any variety.
Hug, Amy

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Mary said...

I had no idea! I really love Queen Anne's Lace!

If you look closely at the bloom, it has so much detail.

Thanks for sharing this information with us!

Mary said...

I love your blog! I'm a new follower!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Hi! I'm taking some time today to visit a few sorority sisters. I found this post really interesting. I would love to grow some for bouquets next summer...yours is so pretty!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbi,
I just stopped over to say "hi"...your blog is so lovely and it is always such a pleasure to come visit. Sending hugs your way,

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Love this post Debbie and I love all the false "lace" we have in the fields. It's funny though. Some years there's tons of it and some years, hardly any. This year was a so so year for us. We also have wild yarrow but I have never had success with transplanting. xoxo

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Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

I had no idea either ! I love the weed and the false is even prettier.


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