Monday, April 19, 2021

Dandelions

This is why we let our dandelions live. The Pine Siskin comes and enjoys the seeds in spring time. Perhaps she'll take some to feed the young ones in the nest.

Still quiet times here. It's been foggy, gray, and cold. Not much opportunity for any photography or for even a nice long walk. 

I could do a a whole long diatribe about the current events of my country. We know you know how we feel, so I will keep my fist clenching anger to myself. Grrrrr. Are we ever going to wake up? Whoops, I started to go there. 

We hope you are all doing well, staying safe and healthy. 

32 comments:

  1. I know most folks are eager for the world to get back to normal after this pandemic, but I would like it to get to better than normal. This seems like a chance to effect some changes, if we really want to.

    I know there will be plenty of celebrations when we can freely get together again, but I think it should also be a time for quiet reflection and finding the will to make things better than before.

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    1. Paul-- I would like a new normal. The one where people don't have guns and no one is afraid of being killed or even of getting the virus EVER!

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  2. I'm fond of dandelions, but I've never considered that birds eat those dandelion seeds. Sometimes it's amazing how obvious something can be, yet no one gets it. Talking both about dandelions and current events.

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    1. Ally-- It's true! Dandelions do feed a lot of birds. They are a bit of nuisance and can be invasive, but leaving a few for the hungry seems good.

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  3. I wouldn't know a pine siskin from a sparrow...glad they like the dandelion seeds! Stay safe.

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    1. Barbara-- I actually sent the photo to my brother and SIL to help ID it. There was a hint of red on it, barely noticeable, and that was what helped.

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  4. In some ways the dandelion is being accepted as natural even though it's an invasive species.

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    1. Red-- Yes, it's true it is an invasive species, but it also has some good qualities. Like feeding little hungry birds. We don't mind leaving some to go to seed.

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  5. I love dandelions and right now the yard is full of them. they are important for so many reasons, early food for bees for one, and they are so pretty I just don't understand why so many people try to get rid of them.

    as for what's going on in this country, I had some hope after Biden got in but those who want to destroy this democracy haven't gone away.

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    1. ellen-- I'm so glad to know that you let the dandelions grow there as well. It feeds some birds and bees.
      I'm a little blown away by what's going on our country. This seems to be a real fight for what our country will become.

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  6. We are having a dandelion invasion here in the Ozarks. Everyone is amazed at the proliferation. I can mow and in just two days, my yard looks raggedy again. Your pointing out that birds eat the seeds makes me feel a little better.
    As for the country, I am so saddened by the cruel, violent and mean behavior displayed daily. What is wrong with people?

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    1. Patti-- I could see getting rid of a few and leaving some for the birds and bees.
      Good question: What is wrong with people? I wish I knew. It's all so disheartening.

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  7. It is difficult to not be discouraged by the struggles in our country. I hope we can find a way to treat everyone with kindness and bring "liberty and justice for all".

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    1. EllenD-- Yes, "liberty and justice for all..." that's what we want. That and kindness and the recognition that we humans are one species on this over-populated planet. We need to work together.

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  8. Growing up in the suburbs of San Francisco, I didn't see all that many dandelions while growing up. It seemed that no one wanted them in their lawns. Herbicide use must have been at an all-time high then. It wasn't until I came to Western Washington in 1974 that I saw dandelions allowed to grow freely! Just today I was admiring many expanses of dandelions as I went out to get my groceries for the week. Yesterday I saw a very young woman picking good-sized dandelions and making a bouquet with them.

    I do my best to keep my emotional balance in these times when I am more aware than ever of what no longer works, if it ever did. Not easy to find that balance. Striving to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

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    1. am-- Interestingly I've always dug dandelions out of our yards over the years because I perceived them as invasive weeds. Seeing the birds eat from them gives me an entirely different perspective. I am grateful for that.
      It really is a lot of work keeping an emotional balance in these times. I like your perspective, "striving to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem." Yes.

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  9. Dandelions are a much maligned plant and are actually nutritious and medicinal. Picked young the leaves can be used in salad and are excellent for the liver because of their bitterness (bitter foods are great for the liver). The roots are also roasted to make a coffee substitute. The deep roots draw nutrients to the surface too.

    So good instincts leaving them alone to grow.

    I went to pull out a native grass in the 'wrong' spot the other day but before I got to it a small brightly coloured finch came and plucked and ate all the tiny seeds off it - one by one. It was lovely to watch. I have left that tuft of grass to grow where it is.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I've been reading lots about Dandelions and am so surprised by how much it is used for. A truly interesting plant. I'm glad that we let them grow here. We don't have very many because we have been mulching what was once a lawn but is now lots of spread about redwood chips. It is wonderful to watch the birds find the seeds.

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  10. I'm reading a book ("Perestroika in Paris") by Jane Smiley and was interested to see that she lives in Northern California. Made me think of you two. But then when I Googled it I found she lives in Carmel Valley which I see is in Central California, a long way from you. But never mind, I'm enjoying the book even though it's a long way from a "Jane Smiley novel". Oh, and don't feel bad about ranting. We all do it from time to time.

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    1. Catalyst-- California is a very long state. I think people don't realize how far it is between the northern border at Oregon and the southern border at Mexico. Close to a thousand miles! We're probably 450 miles north of Carmel Valley. But Carmel Valley is probably 350 miles north of Los Angeles, and that's why it's called north. Pretty funny!
      I could do a rant everyday lately! LOL!

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  11. "Wishies", as they were called by my young ones and by me and my siblings, are magical fairy plants. I close my eyes and can see my little ones pucker up their chubby cheeks and off the seeds go, magically floating to who knows where, holding our heartfelt desires in the air.

    I am a fan.

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    1. Linda-- I love this story of your little ones and the "wishes." So incredibly sweet. Thank you for sharing that and being a fan.
      (For some reason the comment was in the junk folder, and I just found it. I'm glad I did!)

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  12. I remember reading somewhere about a Japanese executive who came to work at a Japanese company in the US. He bought a typical suburban home, and when the time came, he went out to mow his lawn. He saw the dandelion blooms and carefully mowed around them. The blooms are quite pretty.

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    1. Mark-- I love that story. Thank you for sharing it.

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  13. Dandelions have a bad name for themselves in the UK. The old wives tale stated that if a child picked one they'd wee the bed. My mother in law was insistent that my children never did. I don't know if there's any scientific proof for the claim

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. grams-- I've never heard that old wive's tale before, but now I'm wondering if my sibs (when we were very young) picked dandelions. LOL. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. So good to hear from you.

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  14. The world feels quiet from where I sit, so it's a shock to go out into and discover that many people are emerging. I have mixed feelings about this. Hello, hello.

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    1. 37paddington-- I have mixed feelings about people emerging, especially if they don't have masks on. I worry about how we put pleasure before sanity. Hello hello, stay safe and well there, my friend.

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  15. Could do with they little fellow were but I try to get rid of them before they seed

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    1. Billy-- We do get rid of some but leave others.

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  16. We let our dandelions grow, too, but I've never seen a bird eating them!

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    1. Steve-- I was glad I peeked out the window and saw this little Pine Siskin enjoying a bite.

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