Queen Anne’s Lace–Outdoor Hour Challenge

2011 Spring Series – Queen Anne’s Lace Spring Observations/Spring Wildflower

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We found the Queen’s Anne Lace at the same spot as our Cattails. This past summer there were quite a few QAL Flowers, however, the road side crew had chopped them all down.  We found a few further down the bank and were excited!

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Funny little plants clinging to the gravel!

This year’s excitement came from what the flower had hidden inside. I said “seed”, but the Handbook of Nature Handbook calls it “fruit”.

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I clipped 3-4 heads of the flower to bring home and look at more closely. The boys were pretty occupied trying to find baby frogs in the river. . . .

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I brought home some Fern Fiddleheads to observe also.

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I got 20 seeds, at least, out of my little flower head. Sorry. Fruit.

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What was interesting to me, on a creation level, was how much these little guys look like pill bugs. Wondering if birds would eat them, then “drop” them in another location.

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Jon woke up early and joined me on my journal entries with the dog.

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We like how they look like little fireworks. Really pretty. We found a tiny spider in my seed sack, and Jon picked it up with a piece of tape. He was so excited about the static electricity of the tap that it would “pull up” the seed, that he taped all of the seeds. Kept him busy.

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He is eating a Fruit Burger made by the Queen. . . .

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I took pictures from the other way, and was reminded that I needed to clean off the side of my fridge.  . . . . Thought I’d share. ha ha.

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Schedule for Spring 2011

Spring Handbook Study –  We purchased the entire Spring Handbook Study as a downloadable ebook last year and have really enjoyed it! I will add Jon’s drawing to the Queen Anne section, Come to think of it, I don’t think we could find the Queen Anne in spring last year, we didn’t know what to look for. I am not an affiliate for The Outdoor Hour, I just really really enjoy her products! One more Really.

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4 Responses to Queen Anne’s Lace–Outdoor Hour Challenge

  1. Tiffany says:

    I loved your post! Your son reminds me so much of my own- especially the drawings! 🙂

  2. Tricia says:

    What a wonderful study! I love your photos. How the plant was growing out of the side of the bank and leaning. Love the close up of the seeds too. Beautiful, skillful journal entries. (and I see that ‘Put On’ Chart/Book. Love it!)

  3. Zonnah says:

    Our Queen Anne’s Lace was brown and dead too but had no seeds in it 😦

  4. We have been contemplating that QAL is a biennial plant. The seeds and then the life cycle are a layer of the study that we found the most interesting this time around. I can hardly wait for the summer’s bloom.

    Great journals…love the personality of your son’s sketches. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing your link with the OHC.

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