{floral friday}

{floral friday #59}

Welcome to this week's {floral friday}!

Even though probably considered a weed by most, I had to take some pictures of these pretty flowers. Cow parsley is in bloom EVERYWHERE right now. It's such a hardy plant that it tolerates all car fumes to beautify the roadsides around town.

During our last craft get together, my mom and I picked some from the side of the road to take home with us and to take some pictures.


A few facts about cow parsley:

  • The cow parsley is a biennial plant, meaning that it takes two years to complete its lifecycle.
  • Cow parsley is a member of the carrot family.
  • Another common name is Queen Anne's lace.
  • Many people consider this plant a nuisance weed in gardens because it spreads very quickly. However, it is often used by florists in flower arrangements, as the tiny delicate flowers look well beside other brightly colored flowers. {source}
  • As a herbal remedy it has been used to treat kidney and bladder stones, like others of the wild and cultivated parsleys. {source}

I'm partying here! ♥

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Hanne
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    May you have a wonderful weekend! Love your photos!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 02:16 PM

      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll will have a wonderful weekend also! Is it a long one for you as well? :)
      xo! Vanessa

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    I am LOVD
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 02:44 PM

    Cow parsley is really so beautiful. Have a great weekend!

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    {Adventuresindinner}
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 02:45 PM

    Ours is just starting to pop here. Small one is creating huge bouquets each time she’s outside C:

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 02:18 PM

      I love how long they last, even in a vase! :)
      Thanks for stopping by, Jane! Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Annika
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 03:17 PM

    I had these in my bridal bouquet, they are so delicate and pretty. I always love them when I see them growing in a meadow or by the road! Have a good weekend!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 02:19 PM

      Oh, how fun! I bet it looked beautiful! Do you have a picture of it on your blog? :D
      Ich wünsche Dir auch ein tolles Wochenende!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Gwen
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 03:29 PM

    I love driving by and seeing the regal Queen Anne’s lace blooming on the side of the road… Weed or not, it’s elegantly beautiful…

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment, Gwen! :)
      I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
      Hugs to you!!

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    Elisabeth Andrée
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 05:19 PM

    In close up the little flowers are very pretty! Great captures!
    Hope you have a lovely sunny weekend!!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Thank you so much, Andrée!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful, sunny weekend as well! The weather really got NICE these past few days. Finally! ;)
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Shannah @ Just Us FOur
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 05:29 PM

    Gorgeous! I think they are so beautiful…especially when intermixed with other larger flowers.

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    Deidre
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Stunning photos they captivate me! That plant is so lovely through your lens!I never heard of cow parsley until now hmmm:) Im following you and loving your blog! Please stop by sometime and follow your new friend and chat some:) Deidre~

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Thank you so much Deidre! I’m off to check out your blog. I’m happy you found me! :)
      Have a wonderful remaining weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Kei
    Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Gorgeous pictures! There’s a ton of that stuff near my house, I think it’s lovely!

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    julie
    Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 01:15 AM

    What a pretty flower and I like queens Ann’s lace its sometimes more prettier then babes breath in an arrangement. The one you pictured is smaller. What a great photo I really like the country look of the whole thing. Thanks for shareing, God bless you and yours.
    1205love@gmail.com

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment, Julie! :)
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Bridget@MrsGreenJeans
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 07:56 AM

    I love these flowers they are so adorable! Found you over at Funky Junk Interiors!

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    Kelly@Craft Until Your Art's Content
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 07:58 AM

    Very pretty flowers, the photos are lovely,

    Kelly

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    Annchen
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Wonderful soft pics …

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Vielen lieben Dank! :)
      Ich hoffe Du verbringst ein schönes, sonniges Pfingstwochenende!
      Liebe Grüße! Vanessa

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    Baiba
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Beautiful photos.

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    susan@avintagefarmwife
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 02:56 PM

    I love Queen Anne’s Lace! I have never heard it called Cow’s Parsley before-interesting. It is blooming here as well even though it is about a month early. We have had a crazy spring and everything is ahead of schedule.

    Have a beautiful, beautiful Sunday!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday May 28th, 2012 at 08:15 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comment, Susan! :)
      I hope you’re having a fabulous and long weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Tanya
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 05:30 PM

    Thank you so much for your fabulous post and photography, really enjoy your blog :)

    Tanya

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    Tina´s PicStory
    Monday May 28th, 2012 at 09:57 PM

    thanks for your lovely weekend flowers :)

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    Jill
    Monday May 28th, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Such pretty and delicate flowers!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Debra Kapellakis
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Pretty pictures and enjoyed the bits of info.

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    Ashley
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 09:05 PM

    beautiful photos. i will never tire of looking at dreamy photos of these flowers. i’ve never heard them called cow parsley, i’ve always called them queen anne’s lace. i learned something new!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 05:54 PM

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Ashley! ;)
      I might not have picked the most common name, as I had to translate from the German name, hehe.
      I hope you’re having a great day!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jody
    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 03:56 AM

    Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos of these flowers. I have them throughout our garden and we love to use them in bouquets. We call them Queen Anne’s Lace.. Thanks for all the information. Have a great week.

    Jody

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    judyktw
    Friday June 1st, 2012 at 06:49 PM

    You can also put Queen Anne’s Lace /Cow Parsley in colored water and the white blooms will take on the tint of the water…just use a few drops of food coloring!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday June 1st, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Ooh, what a fun idea! Thank you so much for the tip! I will definitely have to give that a try. :)
      Have a wonderful weekend, Judy!
      xo! Vanessa

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