|Photo © Diane Weidenbenner|
We don't like to use weed killers on our lawn because we use well water and we back up to a creek. We're not big fans of having these toxic ingredients leaching into our groundwater and we don't want to poison our entertaining wildlife surrounding our house.
My friend, Sandy, and I discussed how dandelions are deemed a weed by those of us who don't want them in our yards. The only difference sometimes between a weed and a prized plant is the classification that we give them.
If I were really to think about dandelions, I could like them. In fact, if I think about it, dandelions could be considered the perfect perennial. The bright yellow flowers are a nice pick-me-up among the other green landscape. They are hearty and survive almost anything. You can start out with just a few and in no time, you have an entire yard-full. And, when they go to seed, they are an amazing natural beauty up close, as the individual seedlings form an intricate web of life, which is soft to the touch and which will blow into a hundred pieces if disturbed.
Upon further research, I found that dandelions have a multitude of health benefits. There are also several recipes I've heard of, using the dandelion plant. There is dandelion salad, which is a tasty, nutritional dish that you can add tomato and red onion to, along with hot bacon dressing. You can also make dandelion wine and tea.
I've come to appreciate dandelions and all the benefits that they can bring to our lives. I haven't made a salad or tea yet from the bounty in my front yard but I'm tempted. For now, I'll just enjoy their beautiful flowers and courageous ability to multiply. It's not like they are going anywhere soon.