I got a bee in my bonnet that I wanted some flowers to decorate our table, so my daughter and I ventured out yesterday to pick some wild flowers. As we were wandering, I thought it might be fun to take you along with us and share some tips along the way! I love all kinds of flowers especially roses (I now have 7 varieties of roses in my small back garden-good grief!) but there are times when you want something a little wild and unruly looking and you just can’t beat what grows along the hedgerow.
I am blessed to live in a neighborhood that has some wild meadow/field areas. These green spaces support not only many forms of wildlife but numerous varieties of wild flowers too!
We were hunting for some purple blooms as well as white blooms which were in abundant supply along the path. These thistle type of blooms are extremely prickly so be extra careful handling these.
We struck gold with these masses of Queen Anne’s Lace – there are zillions of them!
Tips for Picking Wild Flowers
Here are a few tips to get you started on your own wild flower picking adventure:
Be sure you are picking in a place you are allowed to pick and that you are picking for personal use. Depending on your locality the rules may vary so you may need to check your local regulations.
Places to avoid: Any spots that look “planned” like beds in public parks, community gardens, entrances to subdivisions, private land – including your neighbors yard, and public protected lands/nature reserves, etc… A general rule of them is if it looks planned, move on.
I also want to note that you should not, under any circumstances, uproot the entire plant to take it home. There are firm laws about relocating wild flowers no matter where you find them.
A few supplies will help you enjoy the process.
- A bucket or pail. Doesn’t have to be big, you’re just picking a few blooms after all.
- A pair of clippers or scissors. Wild flowers can be thorny or have tough stalks, a pair of clippers make snipping them a snap!
- A pair of gloves might be helpful too (we came across quite a few thorny bushes).
- Your cell phone. Not sure if a particular plant is poisonous or not? A quick google image search can save you from bringing home a potentially hazardous plant! Do your research!!
- A helper – this isn’t required but it makes it more of a fun adventure to share the joy of discovering beauty growing wild with another person.
I hope you are inspired to talk a walk out into nature and enjoy the blooms regardless of whether you are picking flowers or just soaking up the beauty! Summer days are fleeting so let’s be purposeful to make the most of them.
Have you gone wild flower picking before? Have any fun stories or tips to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below, so please leave a note.
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