Une Récolte exceptionnelle…de carottes sauvages
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A bumper crop…of Queen Anne’s Lace
I wasn’t expecting a bumper crop of anything this year. First off, you need to plant veggies and flowers if you want to grow veggies and flowers. And secondly, in this drought, nothing is growing anyway.
So here’s ma récolte exceptionnelle, my exceptional harvest, or bumper crop–unexpected, not entirely welcome, but rather enchanting nonetheless:
It’s Queen Anne’s Lace! In French, des carottes sauvages…wild carrots! It springs up in dry conditions, and quickly takes over the yard, crowding out even the most annoying everyday weeds. Somehow, they remind me of the wonderfully unkempt, overrun fields of my grandparents’ summer place, an old house on abandoned farmland. As youngsters, we waded through oceans of daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace on hot August days.
The surprise for me, though, was the carrots. Several years ago, we noticed Isabella the Dog digging and chewing in the back yard. What was she after? It turned out she was digging up the young, tender roots of the Queen Anne’s Lace and eating them. Was that carrot we smelled? It was! We looked it up: Daucus carota, a member of the carrot family. No wonder: our veggie-loving dog had found a buffet of treats under the surface!
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