Monday, April 05, 2010
Inspired by Dandelions
Along with the multitude of flowers, flowering and budding trees and all manners of spring displays, come the inevitable 'uninvited' guests -- like these dandelions. They polka-dot roadsides and lawns and are such a bright, and I have to admit, pretty, contrast against the greening ground.
Yes, I do know their virtues - their leaves have more vitamins than most tablets created for that purpose, their roots make coffee, leaves are a bitter edible and a diuretic, and their flowers can be battered and deep fried for an 'artichoke' tasting treat. Bees and early spring insects love them, too ... but mercy, between their billions of seeds scattered by folklore and blown by children to 'tell the time,' and their roots, often called 'Earth Nails' in China since they seem to grow as long, these incredibly adapted plants (brought by colonists to the US and grown for their greens as a pot-herb), are so dang difficult to remove ....
Yep, it's spring alright!
Have a great week!