Wednesday, May 13, 2009

temporary beauty, long-lasting destruction

The tiny little snowflake seeds of this dandelion are so tricky. Tricky, tricky, tricky.
Get close, really close, and their beauty is staggering. Thin filaments with little rotors on top to propel the heavy seed on the bottom to its new home. And the dandelion flower that preceded it - wasn't that the first one you ever picked for your mother? And the first flower ever presented to you by your child?

Well, GET OVER IT! The lawn here is COVERED with dandelions and I feel so bad for the homeowners. They put mulch on a flower bed in the front of the yard two years ago and the ENTIRE thing is covered - it's a carpet, I tell ya. A feast for the bumblebees. You can't even find the tiny purple violas in there!

And it will be doubled or tripled for next year. Every one of those creamy yellow blooms contains about a million seeds.
Beware - there is deceit in those beauties...


~Thought's By Dena~/ JDs Gift Shack said...

ugh dandelions..they just multiply like no ones business!!!

Gladys said...

I don't have to worry about dandelions. The evil rabbits ate them all as well as everything else too.

A Spot of T said...

We have one neighbor who refuses to do anything with the dandelions on his acreage. He insists they are beautiful. He doesn't quite understand...or much those dandelion seeds travel and how much work it is to keep them under control. We all swear one night at about 3:00am we're going to go spray his acreage.