A Dandelion (Traxacum officinal) Eurasian flower is actually a composite of many small flowers. Every part of it edible. Children have entertained themselves by blowing the feathery seeds off the stem, watching them float carefree through the warm summer air. Dandelions are weeds in North America, and weeds are aggressive non-sharers of space and resources. However, if you welcome Dandelion into your garden as food or entertainment then you would not consider them an invasive weed.
I marvel at the intricate design of this flower and it’s ability to change from a sea of hot summer yellow to plump pillows of white. Admittedly, it is unwanted in my yard; I am part of the majority who consider it a weed. So any I find in my garden are removed plant by plant during the year.
I admire this beauty in nearby meadows and parklands. And yes, I still enjoy the challenge of blowing the seeds off the stem in one breath.
Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on our lilac bush when I came home few weeks ago. This was a quickly grabbed phone image, but still paid attention to keeping background sidewalk horizontal.
My Peonies open about three weeks after my neighbors; the difference between sun and part-sun environments. Her surprise gift was welcome addition to our home as we wait for ours to open their fragrant blooms. copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg