In a Vase on Monday: Parsnips and Carrots

I just could not decide what to pick this week for the In a Vase on Monday meme, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. While driving home from town at the weekend I noticed that the Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) is in full flower, and so this morning I took a short walk beyond our garden gate to see if I could find some as a starting point. Then I also found some lovely yellow flowering Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) and a few pieces of white Sickleweed (Falcaria vulgaris), both of which have a similar shape flowerhead to the Daucus.


I started off with this vase, but then changed it and tried a photo indoors, which I much prefer:


I absolutely adore Queen Anne’s Lace, and insist on using the name only for Daucus carota, and not for Cow Parsley, as has become common.

Here you can see the flowerhead fully open, with the dark spot at the centre said to be the drop of Queen Anne’s blood as she pricked her finger making the lace. (This isn’t a feature of cow parsley….) The single red floret is actually there to attract insects, which it does very efficiently. I had to shake these flowers several times to get rid of beetles, flies and other bugs.


I really love the buds, tinged with pale pink…


But I also like the way the flower curls up when it has gone over, and then turns in on itself to form tight bunches of seeds… I think it looks like a lttle nest!


Queen Anne’s Lace is in the carrot family, hence the title – the parsnip speaks for itself. The flowers of Pastinaca sativa look like fennel, but the leaves are quite different, and the scent of the flower heads when crushed is sweet and aromatic – not unlike aniseed/fennel, but far less pungent. I won’t dig them up in autumn to eat, although I would love to as parsnips are hard to find in southern Germany!


The third plant is basically a weed (aren’t they all?): Sickleweed – what a name! But I am very pleased it grows here as it was almost completely eradicated in Germany when herbicides were first used in large quantities on farming land. NowΒ Sickleweed (Falcaria vulgaris) is creeping back, especially in areas where the ground is very limey….


The overall effect is a reflection of what we see on the edges of our roadsides and fields right now.


Can you see any wild flowers at the roadsides near you at the moment?

Thanks again to Cathy – do take a look at her post for this Monday where you will find links to all the other vases people from all over the world are putting together from what’s in/near their garden today.

Maybe you’d like to join in?!

34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Parsnips and Carrots

  1. cathy the Queen Anne’s Lace has been catching my eye as some has volunteered around the garden. I am so in love with it in all its stages that I plan on using some in a vase soon too!! Love the clear vase. It allows the flowers to shine.

    • That’s something that really fascinates me – names of wild flowers and plants. The name alone can tell us so much about it. Nameless wildflowers can be enjoyed just as much though! πŸ˜‰

  2. you have such a way to show us all these flowers, I am all the time wondering how beautiful the plant world can be and presented in endless presentations.

  3. Funny, I thought about doing an arrangement of wild flowers but there are so many flowers to pick in the cuttings garden that I just had to use them. I love the Queen Ann’s Lace, so pretty and delicate.

  4. So you have done just the same as me really, picking wild flowers, although yours is on a different scale. Your vase is absolutely stunning, Cathy – I love it! I think I prefer it against the green outdoor background too but it would look good anywhere – isn’t nature wonderful? Thank you for encouraging people to look around them and see what there is outside their own gardens too.

    • Thank you Cathy. Wild flowers are just as important to me as my garden ones, and I am always so happy when I find a pretty or unknown one! πŸ˜‰

  5. Love it! I have a soft spot for any flower umbel shaped. Here is has been very hot and dry so not too many roadside beauties, but we do have Queen Annes Lace and Rough Blazingstar that are blooming now that are wonderful.

  6. Love these vases Cathy, along with your explanation of the flowers. Had never heard of cow’s parsley before reading about it in blogs, so had been assuming it was this Queen Anne’s Lace. I don’t see as much of this along the roadside here as I used to and had never noticed how the flowers curl inward.

    • Cow Parsley is used a lot in spring by flower arrangers, and seems to be called Queen Anne’s Lace too, but I think that is due to the similarity. It flowers much earlier. If you see any Daucus carota this summer it is worth stopping to have a closer look – I find the form of the bud, flower and seedhead all so pretty!

  7. I’m a great admirer of wild umbelliferas and at the moment our croft if full of angelica, wild carrot and hogweed. An absolute delight and you have created such a lovely display.

    • I have tried to grow angelica in my garden, without success so far. We see the giant hogweed everywhere here too. (Don’t want that in the garden though!) Thank you Christine.

  8. Gorgeous Blooms for a pretty vase! We have something that is said to loom like Queen A Lace but is making others sick 😦

  9. In my area is a canal dam flowering over and over white with Carrots. I found one plant in 1000s with dark red blossoms (as normaly one point in the middle is). You are right the picture taken inside the house brings the vase for its best!

  10. You have made such a pretty, natural looking arrangement, Cathy. Lovely, lacy flowers. Who needs Ammi and Orlaya when you have such lovely wild flowers in the hedgerows?

  11. I like how this arrangement is so much of the same but each of the three flowers are different. I like these limited color bouquets!
    The roadsides here have been well mowed lately and queen anne’s lace is one of the few blooms showing. I struggled through last year trying to evict it from the garden and have made some headway, but it’s not a flower I really warm up to πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Frank. I don’t have the Wild Parsnip or Queen Anne’s Lace in my garden (yet!) so I don’t know how I’d feel about that. I do have the Sickleweed though and until this year I had pulled it all out before it flowered… a bit escaped me and I am glad as the butterflies love it!

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