01 February 2009

Dandelion!



Most people think of dandelions as a weed plant, but there's nothing like a lush green grassy meadow dotted with these cheery yellow flowers. They're edible, too. They don't grow well down here in the coastal southeastern U.S., alas.

5 comments:

Random Michelle K said...

You can have all mine.

The greens are pretty much only edible in early spring when they're small and tender.

Otherwise they pretty much seed and get into everything including my potted plants.

i.e. lets see a dandelion get into your chives and see how you feel about 'em. ;)

MWT said...

Yeah, I didn't think much of them either when I was still in Indiana. But then there weren't any in North Carolina - and just like it's not winter without snow ...

I hate pulling the weeds out of my pots. It's not their fault that they landed there - they didn't know in advance they weren't wanted. It's why my long planter is currently occupied by a red maple sapling and several oaks. I could pull them out of that (and by now they must be horribly rootbound, considering it's a 2-foot planter and they're trees), but I'd rather find a more permanent place to plant them if I did...

Random Michelle K said...

Live without snow? No way. Live without dandelions? Sign me up!

As far as the trees in your planter, if they really are rootbound, they might not survive if you replanted them anyway, because their roots may be too entangled to separate

MWT said...

I wouldn't try to separate them. I'd dig a hole that's the same size and shape as the planter, and plop 'em all in...

:D

Rebelcat said...

You can make wine from the flowers. I have had some that my brother made at it was a lovely and sweet wine. It had been stored for some years I think.