These two flowers are so lovely and whimsical and reminds me of a time when ladies still wore lace collars.
With vintage being such a huge trend I thought it would be nice to feature these two dames and started off my research by finding out where their names come from.
According to Dave’s Garden – Queen Anne was making lace by hand and it resembled the white lacy flowers of the ‘wild carrot plant’ as it’s otherwise known. She pricked her finger and a drop of blood became the dark red or purple sterile floret present on some of the species.
Dave goes on to say that legend disagree on which Queen Anne this refers to. Some say it was Anne (1574 – 1619), the first Stuart Queen Anne, who was brought over from Denmark at fourteen to marry King James of Scotland. Others argue it was Anne (1665 – 1714) the daughter of William and Mary and the last monarch in the Stuart line.
Whichever Anne it was, I think it’s a lovely and very descriptive name for the flower that is as dainty as very fine lace. Herewith a few images that I hope inspires!
Baby’s-breath got its name from the very distinct smell of the flowers. Otherwise known as gypsophila, it’s part of the carnation family (bet you didn’t know that!). The name means “loving gypsum” and refers to the lime-like substrates the plants love to grow in. Gyps has been in and out of fashion – especially for weddings – for years but because of it’s very dainty lightness has recently made a come-back in a big way!
So there you have it. Now we are all a little wiser on the subject.
My next mission will be to buy Queen Anne’s Lace seed packets to plant before the spring. I want to have vases full of this lovely flower all around the house!