Monday, April 05, 2010

Inspired by Dandelions

Inspired by Dandelions
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice

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!


Joan said...

Lin - But they look so darn pretty!!!! lol This is bright and cheery!

Teri C said...

I love these new experiments of yours Lin.

Lorraine said...

Wow gorgeous "soft" painting; so bright and cheerful.

And I learned so much from your botany lesson. I hated dandy lion greens as a child, with vinegar on them, no less. But oh my, I'll hae to try eating the blooms as you describe. As they are the major flower in our yard, I really enjoy them LOL.
Hugs and pace yourself,