Sunday, July 17, 2011

Baby’s Breath

The  Baby’s Breath is in full bloom.  Its real name is Gypsophila paniculata.  It grows in the ditches here in our area of Minnesota.

Babys Breath

It grows all roundy moundy..and then blooms.  I see people in the ditch with scissors cutting bunches down everyday.  If you hang it upside down and dry it you can use it in arrangements..or do what I used to do..fill a whole copper boiler with it.  Nowadays I am using the old copper boiler for magazines.

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The Baby’s Breath seems to be encouraged every year by the ditch robbers:) 

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19 comments:

  1. It grows wild around here. Stinks to high heaven! I hate it.

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  2. I like to look at it where it grows and leave it there.

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  3. We don't have it around here, I don't think, but it sure does make a lovely bouquet even more lovely! I didn't know it stinks...

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  4. I know of one place around here where it grows wild. A company used to come in with huge trucks and cut the stuff. I assume they dried it for floral arrangements.

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  5. I love baby's breath. Doesn't grow wild around here...well maybe it does and I just don't know where.

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  6. I love baby's breath. Just thought I would stop by and say hello. Glad to see you are still here.

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  7. I'd be a ditch robber if we had any close by--LOL! :)

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  8. Ditch robbers and baby's breath....

    We certainly don't have it growing wild around here. It costs a fortune to buy. I do grow the annual kind, with more of a glaucous colored leaf. Love it.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  9. I have never seen wild Baby's breath. I didn't know it smelled bad either. I love the look of it. One of my favorite flower arrangements is any color carnations with lots of baby's breath.

    The things we have growing wild are kudzu and spanish moss.

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  10. They still use it as filler in flower shops. I think the ditch robbers should buy their own ditches.

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  11. Do the deer like to eat it? Or do only the ditch robbers like to steal it? I, too, have never seen or thought about it growing wild. You teach us something new quite often.

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  12. A truely shock post to me. Honestly I'd don't think I've ever seen it "in the wild."

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  13. I had no idea it grew in the wild like that..it looks fantastic out in the fields!

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  14. It's a noxious weed here and I'm NOT supposed to bring it home so my copper boiler is full of magazines too.

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  15. I wish there was some growing wild here. I love it mixed in with the flower bouquets, and although I grow some myself, there is never enough.

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  16. We don't have baby's breath but something very close to it (from a distance that is) that grows around the ponds where the animals don't graze. Ours smells delightful I only wish it was more suitable for bouquets like baby's breath, I would pick more of it and bring it in.

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  17. I struggle STRUGGLE to have a poor straggly bush of these wonders and you have them as a weed!

    What I have doesn't stink. I enjoy it so I can just imagine what everyone else thinks when then see some...oh YAY its here!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  18. I thought I was the only one who knew where to ditch rob some of that stuff. My mama showed me the secret patch that her good friend showed her years ago. I have only robbed it twice, once on the way to our cabin around Blackduck and once on the way home. Made my mom real happy to know she had passed on the ditch robbing gene that she inherited from her mama. I have learned my lesson though. Most of the things you'd be tempted to rob are better left right where they are. This "Baby Breath" stuff doesn't seem to be hurt by a few snippings. Did stink up the car. jeff

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