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Queen Anne’s Lace–The Quick Change Artist

One of the more popular filler flowers is the Ammi Majus much better known as Queen Anne’s Lace.  This lovely and delicate wild flower is available all year long through supply shops and can also be found growing wild in open areas or dry fields as well as being cultivated in your own garden.  Although if you are planning to add it to your garden, it is important to note that it has a tendency to crowd out other flowers.

Queen Anne’s Lace has tiny white flowers that grow in a flat topped arrangement creating a lacy appearance.  They can grow up to 4 feet tall and the leaves are long and fern-like growing anywhere from 2-8 inches.

One of the wonderful things about Queen Anne’s lace is the ability to use it fresh, dried or even colored to match the arrangement you are creating.  Changing the color is very easy.  All you need is a mason jar, some food coloring and a sunny day.  Because Queen Anne’s lace stems are rather porous, they quickly absorb the food coloring and within hours you’ll have a lovely tinted filler flower to add to your arrangement.

How to tint Queen Anne’s Lace

  • Fill a mason jar with two parts water to every 1 part of food coloring.  Mix thoroughly so that the color is distributed evenly.
  • Cut the Queen Anne’s Lace on an angle with a pair of florist shears, making sure to leave at least 6 inches of the stem below the blooms.
  • Put the stems into the mason jar and place in a sunny spot for about 5-6 hours.    You can adjust this time depending on how deeply tinted you would like the blooms to become.

Next time, I’ll talk about the two most popular methods to use for drying Queen Anne’s Lace.

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