Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ode To The Dandelion


One of the sure signs that spring/summer is here is the much maligned  Dandelion.


I'll be the first to admit that I am one of the many humans
that do not want it in the garden but I love it anywhere else!


Especially a field of them! Maybe if I hadn't worked so hard
in the garden over the years, I'd feel different about them.


After I have eaten a few of their 'greens' in early spring,
that will be the last of them around here...till next spring.

How about you? Where do you stand on this? Do you
embrace Dandelions, despise them, or could care less?






26 comments:

  1. As you know, I love dandelions too! Lovely ode.

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    1. Thanks Fiona! I love them too....only not in the 'beds'.

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  2. I call them flowers. As a matter of fact, all weeds of color I call flowers to me... lol. I hear dandelions make good wine (though I've never tried dandelion wine before).

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    1. LOL! Now Bobbi, make sure you run this by Gary before you buys some and put in your front garden!!

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  3. cross out I CALL and put ARE... (hey, I just got up... what do you expect) lol

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  4. I fall into the 'couldn't care less' category :) I'm not happy that they are all over my garden, but I am not going to go out of my way to try and control them completely. It's an impossible task. They are everywhere, and you can spend endless amounts of time weeding them out only to start all over again come spring. We simply remove the really big ones and mow down the rest!

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    1. We would do the same if we had a lawn, Martha......just mow them down before they go to seed.

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  5. I don't care about them at all, but I am sure my neighbors probably do. We have NEVER sprayed the lawn (now banned but a common practice until 3 years ago) because I have always had dogs who eat the grass and I don;t like killing fish.

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    1. If we had lawns I wouldn't be worrying about them either....just keeping them cut back would do for me. But in flower beds, which we have many of, they can be a pain. Weed sprays/killers are banned in Nova Scotia as well.....good thing.

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  6. Since I have never had a garden of my own, dandelions don't bother me at all.

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    1. I guess it all depends where they are and if they are in the way....at least for me, Linda.

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  7. I love seeing these bright yellow flowers in the spring.

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    1. As do I Pat. There is this apple orchard in the Annapolis Valley which is covered with these this time of year and throughout a lot of the summer. It is beautiful!

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  8. I always had fun as a child holding one under my chin to see if I liked butter! Nice processing. I also love how they look when they are seeding.

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    1. I think we all did that Jeanne and am sure we all liked butter!!
      The processing is called 'poster'.

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  9. I don't know why, but I don't get dandelions in Florida. How do you eat the greens? I've always wondered.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Well, I eat them straight from the garden when the leaves are new and tender before there is any sign of blossom buds appearing. They are very good and have a very slight bitter taste. They can be added to salads and taste a little like arugula. I guess wine can be made from them as well. A great spring tonic.

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    2. Yes, I remember "dandelion wine" being mentioned in books.

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  10. Myself - I don't mind dandelions, they are pretty, it's fun to blow the seeds and their foliage is green.

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    1. Oh you artists are so carefree!! lol

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  11. Hey, that's a flower I can grow!
    When I was a kid, one of my jobs was to collect dandelion flowers and take the petals off for dandelion wine.

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    1. LOL!Really? You picked off those tiny yellow/golden petals? That must have been tricky....or you probably had it sown to a science and could do it with your eyes closed. How was the wine? Ever sample it as you got older?

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  12. Well, the dandelion may well be a weed, but when it shows in perfect photos like these, it deserves a place in a vase, to show its golden glory. Greetings from Jean

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    1. It is a beautiful flower Jean, no question about it.

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  13. We don't have any here and didn't have any in LA either, at least I can't remember them there. So for me it was a great pleasure to see this simple flower, very pretty always, but a bit of a pest when it sits in your lawn of course.

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    1. Inger, I know you have your fair share of 'weeds' like that 'tumbler' that gathers against the fence. The Dandelion is not as big of course but can be annoying if it had its way in the garden.

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