Dear Reader: I am learning so much science with my garden…who knew? (And loving it!)
In the past week (since Tim cut the grass/weeds) the yellow dandelions have gone “nuts.” Patches of yellow increase daily and that is just fine with me.
I always wondered how the dandelion could be yellow and then turn white with a “top” to blow wishes on. So this year I decided to do my “homework” and discovered just how amazing the dandelion really is. Answer: The yellow “flower” and the white globe are one and the same. The round white globe is actually seeds that are formed when the yellow flower leaves disappear. It is kind of an interesting weed because it creates it’s seeds and then recreates itself.
* Take a minute (literally) and watch this time lapse as a yellow dandelion flower becomes a white globe seed head. Beautiful!
Isn’t that cool? It “creates it’s seeds and then recreates itself“…you go little dandelion! Children, of course, adore dandelions. In fact the first “flower” you ever got from a “proud” child was probably a yellow dandelion…looking back on it…the best floral gift of all. Without dandelions there would be no little children’s first flowers for us. With the Flower Town Festival in full “bloom” this weekend… I have been taking all the back roads I can find to get around. The crowd gets larger every year. I am happy for the town and the YMCA even if it is hard maneuvering around the obstacles on this special weekend…(over 200,000 visitors…wow!)
Also, by being forced to take back roads…we see the incredibly beautiful “Fairy Land” that we get to call home…Summerville! Isn’t it why we all moved here? I know I am bias…but there can’t be a prettier place in the spring than our home town. I still have to pinch myself every day that I ended up here…thank you Father! And speaking of fairies….besides the white globe dandelion (filled with seeds) being good for wishes….there is also a fairy element involved.
The legend goes like this:
If you blow on a dandelion…thus making the seeds scatter through the fields and grass… fairies, once trapped inside the seed pods, are released to freedom. The freed fairies, then, return to destroy the dandelions for their imprisonment… thus freeing green lawns from their presence. (So next time you see a dandelion…be kind, keep blowing and puffing…you will be repaid with a dandelion-free lawn or garden)
One of my favorite stories about dandelions is one I discovered a couple of years ago…it stays stuck in my memory and every time I see a patch of dandelions I think a “Thousand Suns.” (The name of the story)
“A Thousand Suns”
“Tom! Did you hear me?”My wife´s tone made me sigh, put the newspaper away and rise.-” Ok, ok, I´ll go.”
I opened the front door and saw our next door neighbor, Mrs Fitzpatrick, sitting on her porch. She had a cast on her leg. I saw her watching the lawn and tapping her chin with her finger. The lawn. That was what had made my wife push me through the door. “Just look at it! All those weeds! She can´t mow it herself. You go out now and do what a good neighbor should”! And so I had come to mow her lawn on this beautiful Saturday morning.
“Ah, Tom!” she waved at me and smiled broadly, “Good to see you! Here, come sit with me for a while.” I got to her porch and sat on a bench.
” Beautiful morning!” she beamed at me.
“Err, yes, it sure is,” I said. I hadn´t expected her to be this cheerful with a broken leg and all.
“Just looking at my lawn,” she said. “Oh yes, the lawn. Well I came here to…” “Isn’t it just beautiful!” she interrupted me. I shut my mouth. I looked around. Weeds, dandelions… Not at all the velvety green lawn like everyone else´s in the neighborhood.
“Beautiful”…? I muttered.
“Just look at those dandelions!” I did just that. I saw the lawn positively overtaken by them. They should be dug up by their roots… and soon. I sure hoped my wife did not think I would do that too. Mowing the lawn would have to do for today.
“Now dandelions are a symbol for happiness!” she smiled.
“I’m not sure I follow”… I stammered, “A dandelion is a symbol for happiness?”
“Look at that bright beautiful yellow color! If that isn’t a happy cheerful color, I don´t know what is! And it spreads just like happiness.”
She laughed at my expression. “I know, you think I´m batty. But just think about it! If you are really happy, you do good things that bring joy to the people around you.” “And once they get happy, they do the same.
And so the happiness spreads. Just like a dandelion. It blooms, sharing its shiny sunny color with everyone and sends its seeds into the wind – and before you know it, you have a hundred copies of the sunny little flower around you.”
“But it is a weed”… I tried.
“A weed, that’s funny. I’ve been sitting here for a while now, watching everyone work in their garden. And I mean work. It doesn´t look very joyful – just working to make you lawn look short and thick and green.”
“You know I never see any of the neighbors sit and just look at their beautiful lawn. They just work on it and don’t enjoy it.”
Well she sure got that one right. I never heard anyone talk about their lawn unless it was to complain how much work it was.
“Everyone seems to be complaining about how stressful life is,” she said. And then she said the most important thing… (I remembered to write it down once I got home). I still write it on the first page of all my calendars when the new year begins, and then I glue a little picture of a dandelion next to it.
“What a bad day, they say”… Instead I look at the dandelions and see a thousand little suns.” ………………………………………………………………………..
So until tomorrow….help us Father look past the weeds to see the beautiful flower, future wishes, and imagination set free (like the fairies.) The Divine Dandelion!
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
I managed, using a wheelbarrow, to drag Eva Cate’s fairy table to the garden so she and Rutledge can have a tea party soon.
(Fairies might be light…but not their fairy table)
I added some plants around the fountain and Honey, your precious turtle is hiding in front of the asparagus fern…..
Look at my Japanese maple with its first “coat of leaves” just beautiful against the waning sun in the “Golden Hour.”
* Update on family news…”Jeepers, Creepers, Where’d you get those Peepers” Jeepers, Creepers, Where’d you get those eyes!” (now with glasses) Time caught up with Walsh but that’s okay I like Walsh with glasses….and the nice thing is….he can see the world again!
* A “thank you” again to Susan and Kaitlyn for my beautiful and geometrically fun bud vase….you can keep it up right or lean it to the left or right … the water never leaves the vase…..it is perfect for all the flowers blooming this time of year. Thank you…one of my favorite things in life because it is always filled with beauty.
There are days when I get surprises from strangers who turn out to be kindred spirits in the internet world. Yesterday was one of these “favorite” days….A God’s Wink! Thanks Kathy so much for the adventure that lead you to us.
I am so glad I came upon your blog. I try each day to write a search word in the WordPress search box and then follow the trail it leads me upon. Yesterday I bought a flat of pansies to plant in my spring gardens. I live in NJ so we are much cooler than you at this time. So…today my search word was “Pansy,” and I came upon your wonderful blog. I so enjoyed reading through your post.
I love the “crown” on your cabbage. Beautiful! I loved your sidebar on Scheherazade. It is good to find “neighbors” and kindred spirits through the world of the Internet. There is so much bad news on here…it is good to find the shining lights too. Blessings on your day! Kathy