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wild flower foraging via perfectly imperfect living

This morning Bruno and I took our seccateurs for a little walk.

We are currently staying out at the beach, and the country road sides are full of flowering grasses and self-seeded agapanthus, pohutukawa, wild cow parsley and fennel. To my eyes, the metre tall cow parsley is forager’s heaven. I can literally gather armsful and make not one jot of difference to the landscape. 

wild flower foraging via perfectly imperfect living

But, here is where that old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder couldn’t be more apt.

As I am happily picking sprays of cow parsley, my mind already picturing them looking all blousey and floaty and beautiful and ‘gah’ in my old jar or enamel bucket on the table back at the bach, several people stop to ask what I am doing.

Don’t worry, they weren’t the foraging police, as in ‘we must put a halt to all that foraging’! It was more in a ‘why on earth is she picking all those weeds’ kind of way.

wild flower foraging via perfectly imperfect living

wild flower foraging via perfectly imperfect living

Sometimes you see something so frequently that you cease to really see it, even when its beauty is right in front of you.

wild flower foraging via perfectly imperfect living

Take these lovely almost ethereal flowers away from the dirt and dust of the roadside, and put them into a whole new context in a vase, and you begin to notice how beautiful they really are.

One person’s weed is another’s wild flower. (Or as my nieces call them, fairy table flowers.)

Amanda xx

(photos & styling Amanda Holland for perfectly imperfect living)

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  • Kim Grey

    January 28, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Those wildflowers look beautiful on your table! In America, we call “cow parsley” “Queen Anne’s Lace”. I used to pick it when I lived back in Ohio. It didn’t last long, in a vase, but I enjoyed its lacy blooms nevertheless. Gorgeous photos!

    • Amanda

      January 28, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much Kim. I know exactly what you mean by Queen Anne’s Lace – I love those flowers. This is definitely related, but it’s a little more rugged and hardy, and seems to last ages in a vase, which is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by. Amanda x