I offer a nosegay.

IMG_2687 grass & fennelWhen the first rays of the sun were hitting stalks of grass, I was there by the creek with my camera. You can see wild fennel in the background, yellow-green flower heads forming. When I walk this early, my joints are creaky and my gait a bit crooked, for the first while. So I don’t mind at all when the flowers get my attention and beg me to stop for a closer look.

On my first expeditions along this route (26 years ago when we had just moved to this town) I was pushing Kate in a stroller, with at least a couple of her siblings in our company, and I would tell my children whatever I knew about the plants and flowers along the way, sometimes making up a repetitious ditty to imprint the sound in their minds.

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“This is juniper… and this is another kind of juniper… and here are blackberries!” When I did that last month with the grandchildren, we came home with lots of berry stains for Grandma to deal with. Today I noticed purple and black splotches on the path where fruits had been smashed.

I heard from Joy that Liam has remembered many of the plants that I showed him on our walks last week, and that he pointed out to her rosemary and kangaroo paws.

But now I am walking alone, and I like that very much, too. Right now it’s the Queen Anne’s Lace, daucus carota, that is at its peak.

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IMG_2695 Lace flower

A block from home this rose is poking through the fence as though giving itself as a ready-made bouquet. So I “picked it” with my camera and offer it to you, with hopes that your day is sweet.

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17 thoughts on “I offer a nosegay.

  1. Praise the forethought of some founder who preserved here and there in the town in which you live. I am glad there is a wild path you can wander in the morning, and one with such memories.

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  2. Many thanks for the lovely rose! I’m asking for prayers for a lexiscan test I’m having done tomorrow. Hope it shows nothing bad and nothing bad happens. I’ve had this once before and it is scary…..

    Have you ever dried Queen Anne’s lace blossoms upside down on a screen? They dry flat and can be used in wreaths later on.

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    1. I hadn’t heard about the lexiscan test, so I read up on it and I can understand why you would be less than perfectly peaceful about the procedure. May the Lord give you supernatural calm, and enable your body to easily deal with the drug. These things that are done to us (for our health!) require a special kind of courage.

      I never have used Queen Anne’s Lace for anything – yet. Thank you for the crafty tip. 🙂

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      1. I’m back…It’s over. Actually not nearly as bad, not nearly, as the different version I had in 2004 where I actually thought I might die. And all the people giving the different parts of the test were wonderfully helpful and kind.

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  3. I am reminded of hearing some call Queen Anne’s Lace a weed. I have often taken offense at such a remark. To me it is as its name suggests, royal and feminine, always a joy to see.

    Blessings as you walk and observe God’s bounty found in nature.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your walk, your thoughts and your eye for beauty. Queen Anne’s Lace dries and presses beautifully. I have some displayed on my wall now.

    How wonderful that your grandson is being attentive to what you have to share with him. May it ever be so.

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