Roadside Wildflowers Picked Fresh for the Home

For the longest time I’ve been a huge fan of fresh-picked roadside wildflowers. I love their crazy, natural beauty. I’m just in awe of nature and believe that all its intricacy and variations are proof that God exists. When I gaze upon roadside flowers I appreciate the color combinations and the casual way they dot the landscape … not like the formality of professionally arranged flowers … but so much prettier!

Roadside WildflowersI was so excited this week when I saw hundreds of cow parsley with its lacy white flowers populating the country roadside.

Wildflowers in PitcherInterspersed with the cow parsley are dainty purple flowers, which I’m guessing are wild geraniums.

Purple WildflowersYellow stamens pop against the purple petals of this delicate, roadside wildflower while a fuzzy flower bud dangles below.

Purple Wildflower - Town and Country LivingYellow and purple are opposite each other on the color wheel so they naturally look good together. Is it just me or does it look like a heart has been drawn on each petal?  So many things to admire in nature!

Wildflowers in an enamel pitcherThese wildflowers come from the side of the road – that strip of land that belongs to the city or county.

White wildflowers - Town and Country LivingOne time not too long ago when I was out gathering a bouquet of roadside wildflowers, a police car pulled up behind me (hubby was driving and was waiting for me to get back in the car). I didn’t know if I was going to be in trouble with John Law or not.

Vintage books and blossomsIt hadn’t really occurred to me that the local government might not like me picking wildflowers from the side of the road. After all, my tax dollars help to pay for someone to mow that grass and clean the trash up in that area.

Vintage books with roadside wildflowersI nervously got back into the car while Mr. Policeman patiently waited.

We were in a no-pass zone which is why he didn’t drive around us.

Roadside Wildflowers from Town and Country LivingI’m happy to report that the officer didn’t pull me over for picking roadside wildflowers from the fairway and can rest assured that my roadside wildflower picking days are far from over!

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  1. How luvly. I too am an admirer of wild flowers. Every morning on my walks I want to stop and get some. But the biggest patches are halfway on my almost 3 mile route… I’d have to walk with them clutched in my sweaty little fist. I have to sort that out… I do want some.
    Hugs, Gee

  2. A woman after my own heart…stopping to pick wildflowers on the side of the road… I’ve been eyeing some purple thistles all this week, but have been on my way to someplace with a deadline each time I saw them. Tomorrow may be the day I stop to cut a bouquet for the house. Your photos are just stunning…great job… I’m still working on my photo skills.


  3. Good Morning Jennifer, There is nothing like a field of wild flowers to make me smile. The combination of the Queen Anne’s Lace and the Wild Geranium is so beautiful. Mother Nature knows how to get things just right.
    I am so glad you did not get into trouble for picking flowers, like you, it would not have occurred to me….. something to remember for the future.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes

  4. Hi Jennifer, what a beautiful wild flower bouquet!
    Glad you did not get in trouble with the law for picking flowers!!! 🙂
    Have a great week!

  5. Jennifer, your photos are so beautiful of the pretty wild flowers. I love picking wild flower bouquets too as I don’t have many cutting flowers in my garden. They certainly make for beautiful photos and are totally free!! Blessings, Pamela

  6. You picked some lovely bouquets! I’m always amazed at how beautiful the wild flowers are on the sides of highways and such. I’d love to stop and pick but the way people drive around here makes me just admire them from the car. HA!


  7. Jennifer,

    I love wildflowers that grow alongside the road too. Where we live I wouldn’t dare to try and stop and cut any the roads are to thin and winding it would be dangerous. Love your flowers that you cut and brought inside to place in that lovely pitcher of yours.


  8. Lovely roadside flowers. I read all your posts and really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

  9. They are so pretty. There were some out on the road here in the country where I live, and after seeing your blog, I’m gonna go pick some. Your photos and your blog are lovely, as always.


    1. The wildflowers in the pitcher are so pretty, I agree, but I love the lace curtains in the background with the simple twine tie-back! I noticed this is an older post, but do you remember where you got them? Such a cute summertime look. I so enjoy your blog, especially the ones around your charming home and yard. Thanks for the escape!

  10. I always stop and pick roadside flowers, too! Wildflowers are actually my favorite flowers. The ones you picked are gorgeous and look perfect in that white pitcher.

  11. I wondered about picking the flowers even before you mentioned it. I think in California it is illegal, but I’m not sure. I never wantd to test it.

  12. These photos are so beautiful and I’m happy to hear you weren’t arrested for picking the flowers, lol.
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  13. So true darling Jennifer, nothing is more beautiful than the casual perfection of wild flowers that nature displays.
    Love your sweet bouquet!

  14. I am lucky enough to live in the countryside, and absolutely adore all the wild flowers that we see as we travel around our area, but have never actually stopped and picked any of them, as memories from childhood, tell me that they don’t last long when clutched in a sweaty little hand. However, now as an adult, and having seen your beautiful display, I shall make a point of stopping on the way home next time I go out, and picking some flowers from the lane leading up to my home. Thank you for the inspiration!