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May 11, 2009

Wild Side

Theme # 323 The Wild Side
"A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love dandelions -- they are such a wonderful gift from Mother Nature! There is just something about them that makes me smile! Seeing these golden yellow blossoms in the spring brings back a flood of childhood memories.
When I was little the farm land was filled with dandelions. I’d pick the little yellow flowers and turn them into dandelion crown, necklaces and earrings.
I know dandelions are considered by most to be a pesky weed, but there is great beauty and utility in the "daisy-lions" Since dandelions are everywhere at this time of year, I thought I'd share a few dandelion photo just in case you haven't seen any this spring.

The dandelion is called the rustic oracle; its flowers always open about 5 A.M. and shut at 8 P.M., serving the shepherd for a clock.

The dandelion is also a excellent barometer, one of the commonest and most reliable. It is when the blooms have seeded and are in the fluffy, feathery condition that its weather prophet facilities come to the fore. In fine weather the ball extends to the full, but when rain approaches, it shuts like an umbrella. If the weather is inclined to be showery it keeps shut all the time, only opening when the danger from the wet is past.

I found a interesting dandelion recipe and just for the record I know that this recipe is in fact really tasty and you can find it HERE.

I miss not getting my annual Mothers Day Dandelion Bouquet. Funny now that I look back on the simple things that my children gave me, they will always the best.


Chesney said...

I learned some facts about dandelions that I didn't know....I too used to love those dandelion bouquets the boys gave me when they were little!

mljrbg said...

Nice photos and great explanation.

It was the best when one our our children picked dandelions and presented them in a bouquet!! I also remember having a yellow chin!!

Lorri said...

Great dandelion shots and information! I used to get dandelion bouquets daily from the children in my daycare. Thanks for rekindling the memories!