Friday, May 1, 2009

Dandelions

No, this is not a rant about weeds, quite the contrary. I'm going to guess that most of you don't know this flower. Amazing as it seems, there is a cultivated dandelion (other than those eaten for salads) and it is quite lovely.

It comes up and blooms about when the other weedy ones do, but it is pure white. I've tried collecting seeds and starting them, but with no luck. Fortunately, it self seeds a bit around the garden. We started with one near the house, gotten from friends, and there are now probably about a dozen plants of it in that vicinity. The curious thing is that one appeared at the back of the garden, quite a distance away. That has formed an even bigger colony. I've never tried to dig one up to share, but with so many now, maybe I'll do that. I know how hard it is to dig the weedy ones out, so I just haven't done it. Most would be impossible to dig since they seem to like to seed themselves into very rocky places. Not sure if you can see it, but this one is growing out from under a rock.

We're expecting some amount of rain every day for the next week. I guess I'm just going to have to be wet since there is so much to do and every day of rain just makes the weeds grow more.

No answers on the quiz yet???? If you don't want to post your guesses for all of the world to see, you can send them to me at jane(at)hootowlhollow(dot)com I'm the only one who has access to that account. Remember, the most right wins even if that's only one right answer.

Jane

3 comments:

keewee said...

They are pretty flowers even if they are weeds. I have never seen a white one.

mlc said...

I really liked your tutorial on daffodils. The little white dandelion is interesting. Hope to get down to your part of Ohio and visit some day.

10 Singer said...

I had heard of cultivated dandelions, but never saw one. Very interesting.

Sent answers to the quiz. Hope you got them.