Queen Anne's Lace: Weed or Flower?
Queen Anne's Lace is something I don't see very often in people's gardens, although this one in the photo was an exception. I was surprised to find it growing in a nearby plot.
Most of the time, I only see Queen Anne's Lace growing alongside of roads or in the grassy median between highways. So do most people think of it as a weed rather than a flower?
As a kid, I always liked picking the Queen Anne's Lace that grew near my home. I would marvel at the mosaic of miniature white petals that made such an elaborate, lacy flower -- as intricately complex and unique as a snowflake -- ensconced in delicate green tendrils.
For me, Queen Anne's Lace was, and always will be, classified as a flower -- not a weed. But I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson